Monet: Lane in the Poppy Fields at Ile Saint Martin, 1880

This picture may appear to be simple, but look closely at the exquisite brushwork and subtle colour contrasts. The work captures the flavour and essence of a bucolic rural environ.

You can almost smell the fresh air!

Monet's landscape work is unfussy, elegant and pretty much forms the "bible" for all landscape artists since then. The figures are his wife and child. He spent a lot of time in this region of France and produced many paintings featuring these fields pf poppies lavender and grain crops.

Monet: Lane in the Poppy Fields at Ile Saint Martin,1880
Monet's original painting.

The painting also gives us the opportunity to practice the brush strokes Monet uses to show grass and trees - brush strokes which are still in use today by all landscape artists.

Monet: Lane in the Poppy Fields at Ile Saint Martin,1880
In the class we use prints of the original and this painted interpretation by myself as a guide painting.

In 1880 Monet painted twenty-six summer views around the village of Vetheuil, visible in the background. Six were painted from the island Saint-Martin in the Seine.

Although the landscape appears continuous, the artist painted this view from an island in the Seine River; the water is obscured by a stand of poplars.

Monet: Lane in the Poppy Fields at Ile Saint Martin,1880
This sample shows the painting at about the 1/2 way mark, two hours into the lesson.

  • Title/s: Lane in the Poppy Fields at Ile Saint Martin,1880 | View of Vétheuil
  • Artist: Claude Monet (French, Paris 1840–1926 Giverny)
  • Date: 1880
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 80 x 60.3 cm