The Japanese Bridge

about 1919-24, Claude Monet

On loan from a private collection, © Private collection. Used by permission

Intensely bold, this view of Monet's Japanese bridge in his water garden at Giverny, with a trellis overhead thick with foliage, was painted two decades after the National Gallery’s earlier version, 'The Water-Lily Pond'.

Quick, vibrant swirls of paint animate the canvas, testifying to new formal inventiveness, if not anxiety. Here, Monet engages with (in his own words) 'the instability of a universe that changes constantly under our very eyes'.

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