Monet Bridge to Modernity
by Anabelle Kienle Ponka (Editor, Contributor), Simon Kelly (Contributor), Richard Thomson (Contributor)
French painter Claude Monet (1840-1926) is one of the most popular artists of all time. His paintings of water lilies, haystacks, cathedrals, and much more are all celebrated and beloved. For the first time, this book explores a new aspect of Monet's work: his fascination, during the 1870s, with bridges. After moving to Argenteuil, a small town on the outskirts of Paris, Monet was drawn to the local footbridge near his house on the banks of the Seine. His painting of it, The Wooden Bridge, 1872, is a composition of startling modernity. The book begins with this work and explores Monet's use of the bridge motif from 1872 to 1877 in the aftermath of the Franco-Prussian war and beyond.