Poplars on the Epte, 1891, by Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926)
Oil on canvas, 81.8 x 81.3 cm (323⁄16 x 32 in.)
Through the spring, summer, and fall of 1891, Claude Monet floated a boat down the river near his home at Giverny to paint its poplars. At one point, faced with losing his subjects to a timber merchant, he purchased the trees so he could continue painting. His Poplars on the Epte became part of a series in which Monet documented the fleeting effects of sunlight on the water, with its poplars following the curve of the river single file toward the Seine.
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