Le Pont Japonais by Claude Monet


Le Pont Japonais


Claude Monet

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Monet‘s water garden at Giverny, France was decorated with a small wooden arched bridge that spans the end of the pool and named it Japanese Bridge. Although he never went to Japan, Monet, like many of his contemporaries, was fascinated by the country of the rising sun. Monet painted a series of 45 painitngs depicting the Japanese Bridge. The bridge appears for the first time in a work of January 1895, eighteen months after the decree dated 24 July 1893 authorizing its construction. In ‘Le Pont Japonais’ the bridge merges into the bank which is full of beautiful reeds and is surrounded by weeping willows. The water-lilies on the pond and the reflections are painted by a complex web of expressive gestural brushstrokes. The scene is predominantly green-yellow with bursts of red and purple. Because of Monet’s fascination with water, reflections, light, and the atmosphere that they all created, he tried hard to grasp it in his art. It was an experiment in capturing nature, and the Impressionists were very interested in experimenting. He was trying to grasp the effects of nature with paint and canvas, and he accomplished it.