MONET, Claude
(b. 1840, Paris, d. 1926, Giverny)

Poplars, Three Pink Trees, Autumn

Oil on canvas, 93 x 74 cn
Museum of Art, Philadelphia

During much of 1891 Monet worked on a series of paintings depicting the tall, thin poplar trees that lined the River Epte near his home at Giverny, France. Using a shallow rowboat that had slots in the bottom capable of holding several canvases at once, Monet painted twenty-four pictures of the poplars from his floating studio. He worked on several pictures at once, exchanging one canvas for another as light and weather conditions changed during the day. The resulting paintings reflect the view at different seasons and times of day and were known as the Poplar Series when they were exhibited in February 1892.