In the composition Four Trees, Claude Monet took the daring step of making the lean trunks of the poplars reach up beyond the boundary of his canvas.
With the reflections on the water below, the trunks cast an abstract and decorative pattern in purple and brown against the blue sky and on the water, with its clouds of rising pink and yellow mist. Monet created the sparkling surface effect with light dabs of pigment, building his forms with pure color.
Grainstacks, Effect of Snow and Rain by Claude Monet shows more of Monet's experimentation with color and shadow. Check out the next section to see Grainstacks, Effect of Snow and Rain.