Poplars on the Banks of the River Epte at Dusk

By Claude Oscar Monet SKU:41376

"Poplars on the Banks of the River Epte at Dusk" (1891) exemplifies Claude Monet's signature Impressionist style, embracing ephemeral light and color. The painting is part of a critically acclaimed series in which Monet captured the poplar trees in varying conditions and seasons. This work is particularly special for its distinctive portrayal of the dusk - a fleeting moment of natural transition, where his masterful use of soft, intermingling hues evokes a serene, almost ethereal, ambiance. Monet's innovative representation of temporal shifts continues to inspire and captivate viewers today.

50 cm

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“Poplars on the Epte at Dusk” is an enchanting masterpiece by the celebrated French impressionist artist, Claude Monet. The painting, part of Monet’s Poplar Series, was completed in 1891 and is widely recognized as a pivotal work in the progression of the Impressionist movement.

Monet’s “Poplars on the Epte at Dusk” vividly encapsulates the artist’s innovative approach to capturing the subtle interplay of light, color, and natural form. Known for painting the same scene under different light conditions and at different times of the day, Monet masterfully used this technique in the Poplar Series. “Poplars on the Epte at Dusk” stands out for its mesmerizing depiction of the dusk light, showcasing a fascinating fusion of soft hues and transitions, enhancing the serene rhythm of the poplar trees along the Epte River.

This painting is particularly significant because it demonstrates Monet’s daring experimentation with composition. In “Poplars on the Epte at Dusk,” the poplar trees dominate the composition, extending beyond the top edge of the canvas, suggesting the enormity of nature and the viewer’s immersion in the landscape. This was a marked departure from traditional rules of composition, emphasizing the influence of Japanese prints on Monet’s work and highlighting his innovative approach to framing and perspective.

Monet’s choice to paint the poplar trees also had political undertones. During the time he was painting this series, the trees were put up for auction. Monet, wishing to continue his work, arranged for a woodcutter to buy them and leave them standing until he finished his paintings.

Finally, “Poplars on the Epte at Dusk” underlines the impressionist ethos – to capture fleeting moments and impressions, instead of a detailed, precise rendition of the landscape. The representation of the landscape is transient and ephemeral, much like the fading light at dusk, encapsulating the very essence of Impressionism.

By delving into this unique masterpiece, we gain valuable insight into Monet’s artistic philosophy, his perception of the natural world, and his pioneering role in the Impressionist movement.

Original size:
73 x 92 cm (width x height)
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Minimal order width:
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Maximum order width:
122 cm

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