Monet’s Grainstacks In Bright Sunlight

Monet’s Grainstacks in Bright Sunlight by Lori Lipsky

Not far beyond his farmhouse door,
not long beyond a summertime

stood two stout haystacks in a field,
built by human labors.

Defined by light, by season,
exposed to nature’s forces,

pointed high, up to heaven
from Giverny’s open spaces.

With distinctive power, with
modulated pallet, the

artist extended life
to haystacks, and

offered future eyes consent to
share his simple country view.


Hill-Stead Museum, 35 Mountain Road in Farmington, Connecticut 
houses Monet's Grainstacks in Bright Sunlight painting.
photo credit: Hill-Stead Museum website.

21 thoughts on “Monet’s Grainstacks In Bright Sunlight

  1. so true that artists extend the life of whatever they paint–never quite thought of it like this–but they do make important what they cast their attention and talents on
    really enjoyed this poem and the painting – thank you

  2. Oh Lori. I really am running out of superlatives and will need to repeat myself. You are crafting phrases and images into mental artwork that becomes almost as visual as the painting. Add in the dimension of thoughtful reflection and you have another poetic gem.
    It was genius of Monet to paint this at midday, when colors are almost washed out (or modulated). I almost need to squint when I look at it.

    • Thank you for chiming in, Anita. Kind repetitions are always welcome…your comments are always welcome. It’s an encouragement to know you liked the piece. I spent quite a bit of time on this one, both writing and research.

  3. Did Monet paint these at various times of day? I have a vague possible recollection of seeing different views of this. I’m so glad you chose to write about it.
    “exposed to nature’s forces,…from Giverny’s open spaces.” I love the rhythm, the internal rhyme and modulation of your words, Lori (to apply your word to your words)! 🙂

  4. Yes, he painted over two dozen haystack pieces in his study of light. He chose similar scenes, and captured them at different times of day, and in a variety of weather situations. The Institute of Art in Chicago owns six of Monet’s haystack paintings.

    I appreciate your comment, Robin. You are a permanent patio member (for as long as you want) and you’re always welcome here.

  5. Love Monet! What a beautiful tribute to this painting, preserving it for us for generations.

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