BRIDGE OVER A POND OF WATER LILIES (1899)
by CLAUDE - OSCAR MONET (1840-1926)
Metropolitan Museum Of Art, New York, USA
Oil on canvas 36 1/2x29 inches (92.7x73.7 cm)
H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929[/ALIGN]
See other 5 paintings of the water lily pond series painted by Claude Monet in
The Water-Lily Pond (1899), The National Gallery, London, Great Britain
Water Lilies And Japanese Bridge (1899), The Art Museum Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, USA
The Japanese Footbridge (1899), National Gallery Of Art, Washington, D.C., USA
The Water Lily Pond, Harmony Rose (1900), Musée d' Orsay, Paris, France
The Water Lily Pond, Harmony Green (1899), Musée d' Orsay, Paris, France
In 1893, Monet, a passionate horticulturist, purchased land with a pond near his property in Giverny, intending to build something "for the pleasure of the eye and also for motifs to paint." The result was his water-lily garden.
In 1899, he began a series of eighteen views of the wooden footbridge over the pond, completing twelve paintings, including the present one, that summer; and were included in an exhibition of his work at the Durand-Ruel Gallery in 1900.
The vertical rectangle of the picture, unusual in this series, makes it possible to give prominence to the water lilies and their reflections on the pond without reducing too much the space available for the vegetation in the background.
The arched bridge was probably modeled on a bridge depicted in one of the many Japanese printed that Monet collected.
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