Grainstack (Sunset)

In 1890 and 1891, Monet painted a group of pictures of the stacks of wheat (referred to as grainstacks or haystacks) in the fields near his home, exhibiting them as a series to great critical acclaim in 1891. Traditionally, the motifs in Monet's series paintings have been seen merely as vehicles through which he could explore the interaction of light, color, and form over the course of the day and in different weather conditions. But scholars have recently proposed that Monet was equally interested in the meaning and significance of the motifs themselves. Grainstacks, for example, are traditional symbols of the land's fertility, the local farmers' material wealth, and the region's prosperity.

Inscription

Lower left: Claude Monet 91

Provenance

September 1891, possibly purchased from the artist by Hamman for M. Knoedler and Co., London. By 1917, James F. Sutton, New York; January 17, 1917, Sutton sale, American Art Association, New York, lot 156, to Durand-Ruel, New York and Paris; 1917, sold by Durand-Ruel, New York to Robert J. Edwards (d. 1924), Boston; 1925, bequest of Robert J. Edwards to the MFA. [see note 1] (Accession Date: April 2, 1925)



NOTES:

[1] Siblings Robert (d. 1924), Hannah (d. 1929), and Grace (d. 1938) Edwards were each collectors of art, who seemed to have had joint ownership of the objects in their possession. When Robert died, he bequeathed his collection to the MFA in memory of their mother, Juliana Cheney Edwards. In 1925, after his death, part of his collection was acquired by the Museum, and the remainder went to his sisters, with the understanding that the objects would ultimately be left to the MFA in the collection begun in memory of their mother. The collections of Hannah and Grace were left to the MFA in 1939, following Grace's death. It is not always possible to determine exactly which paintings each sibling had owned.







Credit Line

Juliana Cheney Edwards Collection

Grainstack (Sunset)

Dimensions
73.3 x 92.7 cm (28 7/8 x 36 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Oil on canvas
Classification
Paintings
Type
Landscape - Agriculture
Accession Number
25.112
OUT ON LOAN
On display at Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN, January 31, 2014 – May 11, 2014

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