Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926)
Poplars on the Epte, 1891
Through the spring, summer, and fall of 1891, Claude Monet floated a boat down the river near his home at Giverny to paint its poplars. At one point, faced with losing his subjects to a timber merchant, he purchased the trees so he could continue painting. His Poplars on the Epte became part of a series in which Monet documented the fleeting effects of sunlight on the water, with poplars following the curve of the river single file toward the Seine. Monet’s brilliance in expressing light and movement is celebrated in this 500-piece puzzle.