Claude Monet. The Japanese Footbridge. c. 1920-22

Claude Monet

The Japanese Footbridge

c. 1920-22

Oil on canvas
35 1/4 x 45 7/8" (89.5 x 116.3 cm)
Grace Rainey Rogers Fund
Object number
Painting and Sculpture
This work is on view on Floor 5, in a Collection Gallery, with 3 other works online.
Claude Monet has 6 works online.
There are 2,312 paintings online.

The Japanese Footbridge is among Monet's last paintings of this subject, made between 1920 and 1922. Twenty-five years earlier, in the late 1890s, the footbridge provided the subject of Monet's first series of paintings of his pond at Giverny. While the paintings in the earlier series are more naturalistic in style, the later works feature dense swirls and loose strokes of color that almost obscure the form of the bridge. These later paintings also feature a fiery palette of maroons, rusts, and oranges unique within Monet's body of work.

Gallery label from Monet's Water Lilies, September 13, 2009–April 12, 2010

This work is included in the Provenance Research Project, which investigates the ownership history of works in MoMA's collection.
The artist; by inheritance to Michel Monet (1878-1966), Giverny, 1926 [1]; [Mme. L. Mortier] [2]; M. Knoedler & Co., New York; acquired by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, May 1956 [3].
[1] Per catalogue raisonné Wildenstein (no. 1932).
[2] According to the provenance given in the catalogue raisonné, the work was owned by "Mme L. Mortier" after Michel Monet and before it was sold by Knoedler & Co., New York. The Museum's registrar's files, however, indicate that Knoedler acquired the painting from Michel Monet.
[3] Acquired from Knoedler & Co., New York, May 14, 1956 (title: Nenuphars). Collection files 242.1956, Department of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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