In an extensive series of twenty-five paintings, executed in 1890/91, Claude Monet focused on the grainstacks that stood in the fields near his house in Giverny. He examined them systematically in different light and weather conditions. In this composition Monet directs the gaze diagonally along a row of grainstacks into the depth of the picture space. The rays of sunshine cut across this diagonal. The bright play of colors culminates on the edges of the grainstack in the foreground.