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As if on the water, we look onto a pale turquoise footbridge that arches over a pond lined with tall grasses and filled with petal pink and butter yellow waterlilies in this horizontal landscape painting. 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 kelly 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 scene is loosely painted with touches of vibrant color. 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

(Re)Discover the National Gallery of Art

Daily Tours

  • Wednesday, December 1, 2021
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • West Building, Main Floor - Rotunda

Whether this is your first time discovering the National Gallery or we are welcoming you back, this free tour is for you! Designed to pique your curiosity and deepen your understanding of the nation’s collection, this one-hour tour will explore a range of art spanning 400 years. We will look closely, engage in conversation, and make meaningful connections to art and our shared humanity. 

For groups of 15 or more people, please schedule a group tour. Sign-language interpreters and guides for visitors who are blind or have low vision are available for programs. Please call (202) 842-6905 or email [email protected] three weeks in advance for an appointment. Learn more

Safety Protocols

All visitors ages 2 and up, regardless of vaccination, are required to wear masks indoors. Masks are not required in the outdoor Sculpture Garden, except inside the Pavilion Café.