Exhibition highlights the innovative way in which Claude Monet explored the motif of the bridge

The National Gallery of Canada presents in a world exclusive Monet: A Bridge to Modernity, a dossier exhibition highlighting the innovative way in which Claude Monet (1840−1926) explored the motif of the bridge. On view until February 15, 2016, Monet: A Bridge to Modernity is the first monographic exhibition in Canada devoted to the artist in almost two decades. This focus exhibition brings together twelve seminal paintings from prestigious public and private collections around the world. Monet painted these works in Argenteuil, a bustling suburb of Paris where he settled in late 1871 after his self-imposed exile in London and Holland during the Franco-Prussian war (1870–1871). Monet’s early masterpiece Le pont de bois, the centrepiece of the exhibition, depicts the Argenteuil highway bridge under repair following the destruction wrought by the war⎯a tribute to France’s return to order. Monet’s friend

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