Grainstack (Snow Effect)

Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926)

Catalogue Raisonné

Wildenstein cat. no. 1280


65.4 x 92.4 cm (25 3/4 x 36 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas

On View

Lorna and Robert Rosenberg Gallery (Gallery 252)





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.


Lower left: Claude Monet 91


May 9, 1891, sold by the artist to Durand-Ruel, Paris; June 30, 1891, sold by Durand-Ruel to Horatio Appleton Lamb (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; by descent to his daughters, Aimée Lamb (b. 1893 - d. 1989) and Rosamond Lamb (b. 1898 - d. 1989), Boston; 1970, gift of Misses Aimée and Rosamond Lamb to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 11, 1970)

[1] According to a letter from Durand-Ruel, Paris to Lucretia H. Giese of the MFA (May 14, 1968).

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Aimée and Miss Rosamond Lamb in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Horatio Appleton Lamb