The Waterlily Pond with Japanese Bridge, 1899
|Title||The Waterlily Pond with Japanese Bridge, 1899|
|Paper Size (W x H)||30 x 30 ins|
|Price||£1,200.00 Excluding VAT|
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Inspired by his love of Eastern imagery, Monet included in his water garden a large Japanese style bridge and several smaller ones crossing the stream, as well as using planting such as wisterias, weeping willows, hardy bamboos and azaleas to create an 'Eastern' effect. As he also collected Japanese prints he had a good source of inspiration for this.
In this water garden Monet fulfilled his passion for mist and transparency, discovering subtle blendings of pale light which created mystery and beauty. He loved the reflecting qualities of the water and the curved shape of the Japanese bridge.
Monet spent many hours contemplating the lilies on the water long before he began to paint this famous series.
Monet's first intense studies at the pond began in the summer of 1899 and by the time the weather turned colder, he had completed six works to his satisfaction in the studio, one of them being this painting.
The following year, Claude Monet would afford his undivided attention to his water garden and planted many new varieties in different colour combinations. These are evident in the more lush, saturated tones of paintings such as The Waterlily Pond and Harmony in Pink. Painting his large pond and its water lilies kept him entranced for twenty years and during that time he also produced his famous giant canvases of water lilies and water impressions. In his own words: “And I tell myself that whoever says he has finished a painting is terribly arrogant. Finished means complete, perfect, and I am working hard without moving ahead, searching, feeling my way without achieving much..."
The print is hand numbered and accompanied by a certificate signed by the Master Printer and bearing a matching number to the print.
About the Artist
Monet was born in Paris in 1840 but his family settled in Le Havre shortly afterwards, where the River Seine meets the sea, and his lifelong obsession as an artist was established. He met Boudin and Pissarro before completing a year's military service in Algeria in 1861.Find out more