Monet’s Meadow with Poplars was painted in 1891 when he learnt that a row of poplars on the river Epte were due to be cut down. He paid for them to be left standing long enough for him to paint them and produced 23 different pieces of poplar canvases from the scene. Eleven of them show the same view at different times of the day during different weather conditions. A particular feature of this work is the combination of a strong surface pattern, showed by vigorous brushstrokes and a continuous zigzagging of the trees that lead off into the distance.
Other artists of poplar prints are Manassa Carme with the Golden Poplars, Paul Edmondson’s Poplar Grove I and Gustav Klimt’s The Large Poplar Tree III, 1903. All of these images are set against different backdrops, with a kaleidoscope of colors and beautiful scenery.