Folder A4 - Claude Monet - Poppies
Claude Monet (1840-1926)
Poppies in 1873 - Oil on canvas H. 50,0 ; L. 65,3 cm.
Donation by Étienne Moreau-Nélaton, 1906
© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski
On his return from England in 1871, Monet settled in Argenteuil and lived there until 1878. These years were a period of blossoming. Supported by his dealer, Paul Durand-Ruel, Monet also found, in the region he lived in, the luminous landscapes that allowed him to explore the possibilities of plein air painting.
He presented the Poppies to the public at the first exhibition of the Impressionist group in the former studios of the photographer Nadar in 1874. The painting has become one of the most famous today. It evokes the vibrant atmosphere of a walk through the fields on a summer's day.