Monet's portrayal of landscapes emphasised industrial elements such as railways and factories; his early seascapes featured brooding nature depicted with muted colours and local residents. From the 1870s he began to feel particularly drawn towards nature and towards urban scenes and he painted gardens, parks and groves. When depicting figures and landscapes in tandem, Monet wished for the landscape to not be a mere backdrop and the figures not to be dominate the composition.
He began to refine his palette, consciously minimising the use of darker tones and favouring pastel colours. This coincided with his softer approach, using smaller and more varied brush strokes, and this can be seen in Path in the Wheat Fields, a vivid interpretation of a bright, sunny coastal scene.
the above text appears on the back of the card HC-1366: card size 7" x 5" (178mm x 127mm)