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Stacks of Wheat

A work made of black chalk on cream laid paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of black chalk on cream laid paper.




Claude Monet
French, 1840–1926

About this artwork

Of all the motifs that preoccupied Monet in his exploration of changing light effects, grain stacks are among the most iconic. He captured them at various times of the year and at different moments of the day. When these works were shown in an 1891 exhibition, they were widely praised by his peers. One critic, Octave Mirbeau, wrote that the works conveyed “the drama of the earth.” Since Monet rarely made drawings, this sheet may have been a potential illustration for Mirbeau’s article. The softness of the chalk avoids harsh contours and, in turn, better mimics the artist’s painting technique.


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Claude Monet


Stacks of Wheat


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1891


Black chalk on cream laid paper


Signed recto, lower left, in black chalk: Claude Monet


Primary/secondary supports: 18.2 × 25.4 cm (7 3/16 × 10 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection

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