The Japanese Footbridge and the Water Lily Pool, Giverny

by Claude Monet


The Japanese Footbridge and the Water Lily Pool

Credit: Philadelphia Museum of Art

Gallery 161, European Art 1850-1900, first floor (Annenberg Galleries; Resnick Rotunda)
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French landscapist Claude Monet was one of the first impressionists. This famous painting is one of a series Monet called his “water landscapes.” Monet spent much of the 1890s cultivating a garden, complete with a pond, water lilies and a Japanese footbridge, on his farmhouse property in Giverny just so he could paint beautiful motifs. Indeed, the garden and its water lilies were the primary focus of his work for the last 25 years of his life.