Monet – Popular Poplars and Poppy Fields

Yes yet another Monet post. Like I said he is one of my favorite artists. He made a whole series of poppy fields. I think they look stunning the red poppies contrasting with the yellow of the field.

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As with the other series Monet paints the same motif over and over again but with slightly different light and slightly different colors each time. He painted them in Argenteuil where he lived between 1871 and 1878. It’s interesting that poppy fields are now a symbol of remembrance in France, Belgium and England. The reason for that is that that flower often bloomed in battlefields.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

-Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae (1872 – 1918)

But Monet wouldn’t have known that when he painted these paintings since he painted them decades before WWI. The flower did become popular as a flower of rememberance before his dead in 1926.

Another motiv he liked was poplars. He painted them near his new home and garden in Giverny in 1891.

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This was again a series of the same motiv in different lights and weather condition. The story goes that during the painting of the trees the owner wanted to sell the trees, Monet then bought the trees to ensure they would not be cut down while he was still working on the paintings. After he had painted them he sold the trees back to the owner.

Ofcourse poplars weren’t the only trees he painted, but they were definately one of his favorite.

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  1. Pingback: Vincent van Gogh’s sunny trees (during a rather dark period in his life) | hemmahoshilde

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