Claude Oscar Monet painted many iconic artworks of his beloved Japanese bridge that he built in his garden, including the painting The Bridge In Monets Garden. These Impressionistic paintings are a reflex of the artist’s enthusiastic hobby for horticulture and his love for Oriental culture, in particular, Japanese art that took Paris by storm during the late XIX century.
After a long period of continental travel, the Impressionist decided to settle down in the village of Giverny in 1883 with his wife Alice and their combined children. They started renting a house and soon, with the artist's upcoming success, were able to purchase and make it a home. The garden became Monet’s most precious work of art, carefully planting hundreds of flowers, bushes, and trees and creating natural compositions and color palettes that he could portray in his art. During this period, he met other Impressionists that shared the same love for nature and gardening, and many portrayed his garden in their work, like his friend Pierre Auguste Renoir.
The Bridge In Monets Garden shows the bridge built by Monet, with strong Japanese cultural influence. The Japanese art came with subjects of the everyday life, humankind’s interaction with nature, and stillness – an opposition to the quickness of the modern world. This exotic art was also opposing to the standards of Classic Academies, like biblical and mythological subjects, technical rules of painting brought by the masters of the Renaissance, something the Impressionists were not willing to follow. Artists like Hokusai produced woodcut prints with an entirely different aesthetic that European artists were accustomed to – like vibrant colors, unusual compositions, and dark, defined contours.
The Bridge In Monets Garden is a passionate portrayal of the natural vegetation Monet loved so much with an Impressionistic style. In this version, he positioned the bridge beyond the limits of the canvas, not showing the right end. Monet also used a fantastical color palette with tall pink, purple and green trees in the background that reflects in the violet pond. The white bridge also reflects in the water, as does the yellow flowers that grow beside the pond. There is a dirt trail on the left side of the canvas painted in brown and purple shadows. The painting is warm, and Monet used expressive brushstrokes, giving this still scene a sense of movement.
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