The White Bridge
On View In:
Gallery 322
Artist:   John Henry Twachtman  
Title:   The White Bridge  
Date:   c. 1895  
Medium:   Oil on canvas  
Dimensions:   30 1/4 x 30 1/4 in. (76.84 x 76.84 cm) (canvas) 46 1/2 x 46 1/2 x 2 1/2 in. (118.11 x 118.11 x 6.35 cm) (outer frame)  
Credit Line:   Gift of the Martin B. Koon Memorial Collection  
Location:   Gallery 322  

During the 1890s, John Henry Twachtman purchased a seventeen-acre farm near Greenwich, Connecticut, and drew heavily upon its surroundings for his subject matter. The white footbridge depicted here spanned Horseneck Brook on his property. Compression of pictorial space and the use of a strong diagonal reveal Twachtman's debt to, and admiration of, Japanese aesthetics. The key elements of the composition (i.e., the brook, the bridge, and branches of the foreground tree) all converge and focus the viewpoint, while touches of emerald evergreens frame the White Bridge for emphasis. The gilded frame is original to the picture and is widely believed to be a design by the architect, Stanford White.

Name:   Twachtman, John Henry  
Nationality:   American  
Life Dates:   American, 1853 - 1902  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Signature LR in brown: [J.H.Twachtman]  
Classification:   Paintings  
Physical Description:   Landscape.  
Creation Place:   North America, United States, , ,  
Accession #:   14.114  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts