Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki has received on long-term loan its first painting by Claude Monet. The gallery will exhibit the work from Wednesday 9 November.
First Monet for Auckland Art Gallery
The painting, Le pont japonais (Japanese Bridge) (1918 – 1924), is the first Monet under Auckland Art Gallery’s stewardship. It depicts Monet’s famous waterlily garden and Japanese bridge, a scene he is most celebrated for and which he painted more than 100 times.
Auckland Art Gallery Director Rhana Devenport is excited about having the painting in the gallery’s collection.
“This is the first time Aucklanders will have frequent access to a marvellous work by one of the most admired and influential European artists of the 20th century."
“We will endeavour to make this artwork available to view as often as possible and we hope Aucklanders and visitors will grow to love Monet’s presence in our gallery.”
The Monet was presented to Auckland Art Gallery on a five-year long-term loan by Soichiro Fukutake, initiator and owner of the Benesse Art Site in Naoshima, Japan.
The painting will be exhibited in the gallery’s current exhibition Game Changers: International Modernism.