Beyond the Frame
Beyond the Frame
Jul 13, 2021
Grainstack (snow effect), Claude Monet (1891)
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Claude Monet got into repetition in a big way. Toward the end of the 1800s, he painted a series of 15 "grainstacks". Enormous stacks of hay, wheat, barley or anything else that was growing within walking distance of Monet's house. An act of creative freedom that turned Monet into a prolific artist.

He was as business savvy as he was talented - you could call Monet the Ken Done of his time. 

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HSBC proudly presents “Beyond the Frame” a look behind the bigger picture of some of the world’s most important Impressionist art. In this season we’re looking at the rebellion of the French Impressionists – it wasn’t all dreamy brushwork, but a movement that was rife with bravery, breaking stereotypes and smashing perceptions.  

Across this series we go back 150 years to discover some of the surprising stories behind 6 iconic impressionist artworks, -- one painting per episode.  Warning: this isn’t your usual art history series.

If you like what you hear in your “Beyond the Frame” experience, see these renowned artworks for yourself in the National Gallery of Victoria’s exhibition French Impressionism from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, proudly supported by HSBC. Open now until October 3. For tickets visit

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