The Japanese Bridge (1918-1924) by Claude Monet

The Japanese Bridge - Claude Monet - 1918

Artwork Information

TitleThe Japanese Bridge
ArtistClaude Monet
Date1918
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions89 x 116 cm (35 x 45 3/4 in.)
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationThe Minneapolis Institute of Arts

About The Japanese Bridge

“The Japanese Bridge,” created by Claude Monet in 1918, is an oil on canvas artwork measuring 89 by 116 centimeters and belongs to the Impressionism art movement. This landscape painting is part of a series under the same name, “The Japanese Bridge,” and is currently housed at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

The artwork depicts a lush and idyllic scene centered around a Japanese-style wooden bridge that Monet built over the pond in his garden at Giverny. This bridge and the surrounding flora became recurring themes in his work. True to the hallmarks of Impressionism, the painting is notable for its vivid brushwork, capturing the mottled effect of light and reflection on water, and the movement of foliage in the breeze. Plashes of color represent blooming flowers and dense greenery, while the bridge itself is somewhat obscured by the overarching foliage, suggesting a haven of tranquility partially hidden from view. There is an ethereal quality to the painting, in which form and detail are subordinate to the effect of the combined colors and the impression they convey of a moment captured in time. The artwork embodies the essence of Monet’s fascination with the interplay of light, water, and nature, which he explored deeply during his later years.

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