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Gustave Caillebotte, French, 1848-1894; “On the Pont de l’Europe”, 1876-1877; oil on canvas; 41 5/8 x 51 1/2 inches; Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas AP1982.01

ST. LOUIS, June 26, 2019—A visitor favorite at the Saint Louis Art Museum is on the road, but in its place the museum is now showing “On the Pont de l’Europe,” a masterwork by the French Impressionist Gustave Caillebotte on loan from the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Saint Louis Art Museum’s “Water Lilies” is the central panel of Claude Monet’s 42-foot Agapanthus triptych, which Monet started to paint around 1915 and continued to rework and obsessively change until his death more than 10 years later. Inspired by the artist’s pond in his famed garden at Giverny, the painting is one of the large-scale water-lily compositions that represent the culminating achievement of Monet’s career.

The painting is a highlight of the exhibition “Monet: The Late Years,” which was on view earlier this year at the de Young Museum in San Francisco and opened at the Kimbell on June 16.

The Kimbell, meanwhile, is giving St. Louisans the chance to see Caillebotte’s iconic “On the Pont de l’Europe.” The painting, with its focused palette of blues and grays, depicts three passersby on a bridge overlooking the Saint-Lazare train station in Paris and emphasizes the industrial geometry of the iron-trellis bridge.

During this period, train travel epitomized technological advancement, and the Saint-Lazare station was a frequent subject for painters like Monet and Édouard Manet, as well as Caillebotte, who lived in its vicinity. Caillebotte was a friend of Monet and an affluent supporter of the arts who frequently exhibited with the Impressionists and collected their works.

Caillebotte’s “On the Pont de l’Europe” will be on view in Gallery 218—on the same wall where “Water Lilies” usually is installed—from June 26 through early September.

“While we know our visitors look forward to seeing ‘Water Lilies’ each time they visit, I hope they will be pleased to see Gustave Caillebotte’s masterpiece in its place,” said Brent R. Benjamin, the Barbara B. Taylor Director of the Saint Louis Art Museum. “The painting is a cornerstone of the Kimbell Art Museum’s fine collection, and the Saint Louis Art Museum is fortunate to present it in our galleries this summer.”

Visitors can see the Caillebotte painting, and explore the rest of the Saint Louis Art Museum’s collection galleries, at no charge.

CONTACT: Matthew Hathaway, 314.655.5493, matthew.hathaway@slam.org

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