Archived: Auckland Art Gallery - Claude Monet

Le pont japonais (Japanese Bridge)

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki has received on long-term loan its first painting by Claude Monet and is currently exhibiting the artwork. 

The painting, Le pont japanois (Japanese bridge) (1918-1924) is the first Monet under Auckland Art Gallery's stewardship. It depicts Monet's famous waterlily garden and Japanese bridge, a scene he is most celebrated for and which he painted more than 100 times. 

This is only the second Monet to be associated with a public collection in New Zealand. The Monet was presented to Auckland Art Galley on a five-year long-term loan by Soichiro Fukutake, initiator and owner of the Benesse Art Site in Naoshima, Japan. 

The painting will be exhibited in the Gallery's current exhibition Game Changers: International Modernism. 

Image source: Claude Monet, ‘Le pont japonais (Japanese Bridge)’ 1918–1924, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, on loan from the collection of Soichiro Fukutake. 

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Last updated: 16 February 2019

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