Snow falling at Giverny (1893)
Monet enjoyed painting outdoors in all sorts of weather; he was fond of winter weather particularly.  He studied the effect of snow and enjoyed rendering its atmospheric changes in his paintings.  Snow produced changes in the landscape that offered Monet an artistic challenge: the effects of sunlight on snow-covered landscapes.

Haystack; winter; Giverny (1891)
For Monet, snow was a filter through which he viewed a scene.  In his snowscapes, the snow always appears to have many colors.  It includes the colors of what's lodged within it, what's underneath it, and the brightness of the sky.  The shadows in his snowscapes  are often depicted as blue under direct sunlight.  These, according to Monet himself, are his impressions of the most fugitive effects.

Haystack: snow effect, morning (1891)
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