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A pale turquoise footbridge arching over a pond lined with tall grasses and filled with petal-pink and butter-yellow waterlilies spans this horizontal landscape painting. The scene is loosely painted with touches of vibrant color. In the top third of the composition, the shallowly arched bridge nearly touches the top edge of the canvas, and it extends off each side. The shadows on the bridge are painted with eggplant purple. Bands of waterlilies gently zigzag into the distance on the surface of the water. The spring and emerald-green grasses growing along the banks fill the space around and over the pond, and they blend into a screen of trees beyond that enclose the scene. The green of the grasses and trees is reflected in the surface of the water, as is the underside of the bridge. The artist signed and dated the work with dark paint in the lower right corner: “Claude Monet 99.”

Claude Monet, The Japanese Footbridge, 1899, oil on canvas, Gift of Victoria Nebeker Coberly, in memory of her son John W. Mudd, and Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg, 1992.9.1

Reflective Writing: From Here to There

Writing workshop

Virtual Studio

  • Saturday, February 11, 2023
  • 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Virtual
  • Registration Required

Step into the colors, light, and forms of Claude Monet's The Japanese Footbridge in this reflective writing workshop led by local teaching artist Mary Hall Surface. We’ll explore the bridge as a metaphor for life’s journeys—and as creative fertile ground for memoir, poetry, and more.


Use the writing tools or software you prefer for this workshop. 


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