Director Emeritus Grant Holcomb speaks about this object.
The Gallery’s exemplary collection of American landscape painting includes The White Bridge, by John Twachtman, perhaps the most lyrical of all the American Impressionist painters. The bridge motif, along with the bright palette, broken brushwork and agitated surface, remind us of the French master, Claude Monet, who, indeed, was a close friend of the artist.
Twachtman’s subjects were those usually found on his beloved New England estate which was located just outside of Greenwich, Connecticut. He created his own gardens and, as we see here, built a decorative footbridge that spanned a hemlock pool. Here is a private, sun-drenched retreat from all worldly demands and distractions.
Twachtman, again like good friend Monet, often painted the same scene at different times of day and in different seasons. Though there are at least five other versions of this scene, the Gallery’s vibrant, light-filled canvas has been referred to as “the sun-splashed version.” It is a luscious, buoyant picture.
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