The Highway Bridge at Argenteuil (1874) by Claude Monet

The Highway Bridge at Argenteuil - Claude Monet - 1874

Artwork Information

TitleThe Highway Bridge at Argenteuil
ArtistClaude Monet
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions60 x 79.7 cm (23 5/8 x 31 3/8 in.)
Current LocationNational Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

About The Highway Bridge at Argenteuil

Claude Monet’s painting of The Highway Bridge at Argenteuil, created in 1874, showcases the reconstructed railway bridge in the town. Known for extensively painting Argenteuil, the Impressionist painter’s works of art depict it as a simple and peaceful place with natural landscapes. Along with Monet, other Impressionists such as Renoir and Manet also worked on paintings of Argenteuil during this time.

The Highway Bridge at Argenteuil is an exceptional example of Monet’s commercial mindset – catering to Parisians’ popular pastime of boating in the 1890s. More than half of his paintings depicting Argenteuil include views of the Seine river that runs through it. There are around 170 paintings that Claude Monet created based on life in Argeteuil.

The artwork has various treatments including firm outlines and a smooth texture that expertly depicts the reflection of blue skies on water. Racing events held in this small rural community brought many spectators by train during Monet’s time nonmstances we find ourselves doing things out of routine rather than true desire./ way.backimageAside from being an excellent piece for art lovers to admire, The Highway Bridge at Argenteuil contributes significantly to French culture and history due to its documentation of everyday life during this period in France.

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