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This is a truly Impressionist painting. Monet painted it outside, directly on to the canvas, and in just a few hours. He used small, hasty brushstrokes to capture the scudding clouds and the breeze in the trees. Monet's brushstrokes do not differentiate between sky, water and trees – they are all painted alike. Sometimes it is even difficult just to know what we are seeing; the lively strokes of red that dance in the foreground are poppies.
oil on canvas
H 59.7 x W 80 cm
bequeathed by William McInnes, 1944