While Claude Monet was working on his series of poplars, such as the Poplars on the Banks of the River Epte (1891-92), he received the distressing news that the land was up for sale and the trees sold for lumber.
First he petitioned the village council to reverse their decision, and, when they refused, he struck a deal with a wood merchant, and they bought the land together. With his investment, Monet convinced the merchant to allow the trees to stand at least until he finished his series of 24 canvases.
The Portal, Harmony in Brown by Claude Monet features a medieval cathedral as the subject. In the next section, learn more about Monet's The Portal, Harmony in Brown.