About This Artwork

Claude Monet
French, 1840-1926

Stack of Wheat, 1890/91

Oil on canvas
65.8 x 92.3 cm (25 15/16 x 36 3/8 in.)
Inscribed at lower left: Claude Monet 91

Restricted gift of the Searle Family Trust; Major Acquisitions Centennial Endowment; through prior acquisitions of the Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson and Potter Palmer collections; through prior bequest of Jerome Friedman, 1983.29

Wildenstein, Claude Monet, biographie et catalogue raisonné, 1979 W.1283, p. 142

This work is featured in the online catalogue Monet Paintings and Drawings at the Art Institute of Chicago, the first volume in the Art Institute’s scholarly digital series on the Impressionist circle. The catalogue offers in-depth curatorial and technical entries on 47 artworks by Claude Monet in museum’s collection; entries feature interactive and layered high-resolution imaging, previously unpublished technical photographs, archival materials, and documentation relating to each artwork.

Exhibition, Publication and Ownership Histories

Exhibition History

Possibly Paris, Durand-Ruel Galleries, Expositon Claude Monet, May 1891, cat. 11.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, A Day in the Country: Impressionism and the French Landscape, June 28th-September 16, 1984, cat. 106 (ill.), traveled to The Art Institute of Chicago, October 23, 1984-Janruary 6, 1985 and Paris, Galeries Nationales d’Exposition du Grand Palais, February 8- April 22, 1985.

Tokyo, Seibu Museum of Art, The Impressionist Tradition: Masterpieces from the Art Institute of Chicago, October 18-December 17, 1985, cat. 57 (ill), traveled to Fukuoka Museum of Art, January 5-February 2, 1986 and Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, March 4-April 13, 1986

Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Monet in the ‘90’s: The Series Paintings, February 7-April 29, 1990, cat 27 (ill.), traveled to The Art Institute of Chicago, May 19-July 21, 1990 and London, Royal Academy of Arts, September 7-December 9, 1990.

The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago’s Dream, A World’s Treasure: The Art of Chicago 1893-1993, November 1, 1993-January 9, 1994, no cat. no.

The Art Institute of Chicago, Monet, 1840-1926, July 22-November 26, 1995, cat. 101 (ill.).

Washington D.C., Phillips Collection, Impressionists in Winter: Effects de Neige, September 19, 1998- January 3, 1999, cat. 24 (ill.), traveled to San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts, January 30- May 2, 1999.

Moscow, State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Claude Monet, November 26, 2001-Februrary 21, 2002, cat. 30 (ill.), traveled to St. Petersburg, Hermitage Museum, May 1, 2002-May 15, 2002.

Fort Worth, Tex., Kimbell Museum of Art, The Impressionists: Master Paintings from the Art Institute of Chicago, June 29–November 2, 2008, cat. 79 (ill.).

Publication History

Daniel Wildenstein, Monet: Biographie et son oeuvre (Lausanne, 1974), no. 1283, p. 142, 143 (ill.).

Robert Gordon and Andrew Forge, Monet (New York, 1983), p. 161 (ill.).

Richard R. Brettell, “Monet’s Haystacks Reconsidered,” The Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies 2, 1 (1984), pp. 4-21, pl.2, fig.11.

“French Paintings Recently Acquired by the Art Institute of Chicago,” Burlington Magazine 76, 976 (1984), p. 464, fig. 89.

Richard Brettell, Post Impressionists (Chicago, 1986), pp. 35, 39 (ill.).

Stephen Koja, Claude Monet Retrospective (Vienna, 1996), p. 31 (ill.).

Daniel Wildenstein, Monet: Catalogue raisonné vol. 3 (Cologne, 1996), cat. 1283 (ill.).

The Age of Impressionism at the Art Institute of Chicago (New Haven and London, 2008), cat. 79, pp. 156-59 (ill.).

Ownership History

Possibly bought from Monet by I. Montaignac in May 1899 [see Wildenstein 1996]. Bertha Honoré Palmer (died 1918), Chicago by 1892 [according to Brettell 1984]; by descent in the Palmer family; Potter Palmer Estate sale, New York, Parke-Bernet, March 16, 1944, lot 46 (ill.); bought in; by descent to Mrs. Arthur Wood (née Pauline Palmer), by 1951 [see Registrar shipping order, dated October 22, 1951, copy in curatorial file]. Acquavella Galleries, New York, probably bought in 1982 [according to Tiffany Johnston’s telephone conversation with Jean Edmonson of Acquavella Galleries, April 26, 2002, notes in curatorial file]; sold to the Art Institute, 1983.

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