“In this nearly square picture, painted near the end of his life, Monet returned to the subject of the bridge, but it has been transformed by his exuberant brushwork and color. An almost indistinct mass, the bridge is engulfed by an arbor and trailing wisteria that had since been added (and which were tended by the six gardeners that Monet employed). Lavishly covered in paint that is caked on the surface in mounds, the picture is a forceful assertion of the aging painter’s unrelenting desire to capture the dazzling effects of the landscape around him.”
Jennifer A. Thompson, from “Masterpieces from the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Impressionism and Modern Art” (The Yomiuri Shimbun, 2007), p. 78.
“Nympheas, Japanese Bridge,” 1918–26, by Claude Monet