monet haystacks

Claude Monet, Meule (1891). Courtesy Christie’s, which Impressionist and modern art Sale made bidders on the rare Claude Monet haystack painting, insatiable, with the work selling for a new artist record of $81.4 million, including premium.

Circles in a Circle”, 1923, Wassily ‪Kandinsky‬ Gif © Nikos Kapa - Wassily Kandinsky (1886 – 1944), the father of abstract art, also a skilled musician, strongly associated music with art. Kandinsky, who named works after musical terms, saw color when he listened to music, and believed color could visually express music’s timber, pitch and volume. At age 30, Kandinsky’s artistic career began when he left a legal career to pursue artistic studies after seeing Monet’s “Haystacks.” Passionately compelled to create, Kandinsky believed that the purity of this desire would communicate itself to viewers of his work.


Monet and his haystack studies are some of his most well known and well loved creations. He was meticulous in getting to know his subject through both drawing and painting. And it certainly paid off.

“…learn to draw: that’s where most of you (his pupils) are falling down today…   …draw with all your might; you can never learn too much. However, don’t neglect painting, go to the country from time to time and make studies and above all develop them…”

- Monet quoting the Barbizon painter and his teacher Troyon