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Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies by Claude Monet

Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies, 1899

Claude Monet

To make this exuberant bouquet, Redon fancifully reimagined common flowers like red poppies and blue cornflowers. Here, they appear in jewel-like patches of color against a misty, undefined background. It’s in paintings like this one, made late in the artist’s career, that he revealed his gifts as a colorist. Previously, he’d worked for more than two decades almost exclusively in black and white. This vase of flowers seems to glow with a luminous inner light, which is in keeping with Redon’s artistic aim: “to place the logic of the visible at the service of the invisible.”

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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