The series of grain sheds was created between 1888 and 1891 in the Clos Morin, a large, fenced-in property west of Monet's house in Giverny, where the farmer Quéruel set up his sheds every year. Some of these paintings were exhibited in 1891 in the gallery of Paul Durand-Ruel in Paris. The Zurich painting captivates by its unusual composition: only here is the shed cut off by the upper edge of the picture.
When Kandinsky saw the painting at an exhibition in Moscow, he did not recognize the subject and for the first time had the idea of an 'abstract' painting.


  • Title: Grainstack in Sunlight
  • Creator: Claude Monet
  • Creator Lifespan: 1840 – 1926
  • Creator Death Place: Giverny, France
  • Creator Birth Place: Paris, France
  • Date Created: 1891
  • Physical Dimensions: 60 x 100 cm
  • Type: painting
  • External Link: Kunsthaus Zürich, Online Collection
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Art Movement: Impressionism
  • Original title: Meule au soleil
  • Inventory number: 1969/0007
  • Credit line: Kunsthaus Zürich, Purchased with funds from the Otto Meister Bequest, 1969

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