The Japanese Bridge
On View In:
Gallery 377
Artist:   Claude Monet  
Title:   The Japanese Bridge  
Date:   c. 1923-1925  
Medium:   Oil on canvas  
Dimensions:   35 x 45 3/4 in. (88.9 x 116.21 cm) (canvas) 34 1/2 x 45 1/4 in. (87.63 x 114.94 cm) (sight) 42 1/4 x 53 x 2 1/4 in. (107.32 x 134.62 x 5.72 cm) (outer frame)  
Credit Line:   Bequest of Putnam Dana McMillan  
Location:   Gallery 377  

In 1883, Claude Monet moved to Giverny about forty miles northwest of Paris. For the next twenty years, he devoted himself to painting and tending his gardens, which featured the Japanese footbridge in this picture. During this time Monet's style became more expressive. He piled layer upon layer of thick pigments and used increasingly more intense and idiosyncratic colors, possibly because of his failing eyesight. Surrendering any desire to record minute details, he wove tangled skeins of paint with bold strokes and, like the Symbolists and Expressionists, seemed more concerned with the mysteries of nature than with its mere appearance.

Name:   Monet, Claude  
Nationality:   French  
Life Dates:   French, 1840 - 1926  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Signature LR in black (estate stamp): [Claude Monet] Estate stamp  
Classification:   Paintings  
Physical Description:   Impressionist. Brook with a bridge.  
Creation Place:   Europe, France, , ,  
Accession #:   61.36.15  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts