The cover of the exhibition catalogue entitled Monet: A Bridge to Modernity (available at Museum Bookstore)

Monet: A Bridge to Modernity

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Claude Monet, The Bridge at Argenteuil, 1874, Monet: A Bridge to Modernity at National Gallery of Canada

French painter Claude Monet (1840-1926) is one of the most popular artists of all time. This companion book to an exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada 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.

Beautifully illustrated, the book explores how Monet sought to establish himself as a leader of the avant-garde and how his paintings of bridges played a pivotal role in this context. Focusing on twelve major paintings by Monet, the catalogue further examines the lmpressionists' response to their ever-changing environment and the late nineteenth-century transformation of Paris and its suburbs. 

  • Author: Anabelle Kienle Ponka, Associate Curator, European and American Art at the National Gallery of Canada
  • Hardcover: 84 pages
  • Date published: October 2015
  • Language: Bilingual edition - English and French
  • Delivery: Allow 2-3 weeks
  • ISBN: 978-8874397198
  • Product Dimensions: 30.7 x 25.7 cm