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Bridge over a Pool of Water Lilies, 1899

Claude Monet (French, 1840-1926)

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Claude Monet (French, 1840-1926). Bridge over a Pool of Water Lilies, 1899. Oil on canvas. 36 1/2 x 29 in. (92.7 x 73.7 cm). H. O. Havermeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H.O. Havermeyer, 1929.

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About the exhibition:

New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art has loaned 135 works from its vast collection of French paintings to The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (February 4-May 6, 2007) and the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (May 30-October 7, 2007) while its own galleries are being renovated. Called The Masterpieces of French Painting from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1800-1920 in the United States, this ticketed special exhibition surveys the development of painting in France in the Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries.

Among the treasures on display will be three canvases each by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), Henri Matisse (1869-1954) and Pablo Picasso (1881-1973); four each by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780-1867) and Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947); six works by Pierre Renoir (1841-1919); eight paintings by Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas (1834-1917); nine works each by Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) and Édouard Manet (1832-1883); and ten each by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (French, 1796-1875), Jean-Désiré-Gustave Courbet (1819-1877) and Claude Monet (1840-1925). Other artists represented in this monolithic presentation include Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863), Honoré Daumier (1808-1879), Jean-François Millet (1814-1875), Charles-François Daubigny (1817-1878), Alfred Sisley (1839-1899), Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901), Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), Édouard Vuillard (1868-1940) and Georges-Pierre Seurat (1859-1891). Many of these masterworks are leaving The Metropolitan Museum of Art for the first -- and most probably the last -- time, making this traveling exhibition a rare opportunity to see them together in a remarkably unique setting.

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From your Guide: Stan Parchin, Senior Correspondent for Museums and Special Exhibitions, is a specialist in ancient, late-medieval and Renaissance art and history, and a regular contributor to About Art History. You may read all of his Special Exhibition and Catalogue Reviews here.

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