The Institute's Impressionist masterpiece, The Japanese Footbridge (about 1923-25) by Claude Monet (1840-1926) has only recently returned from a year-long odyssey during which it figured as one of the highlights of major Monet exhibitions in Boston, London, and Paris. It is now on view in Gallery 323 at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The painting is a bequest of Putnam Dana McMillan. Thanks to the generosity of Life Trustee Myron Kunin, it has been reframed in a reproduction of the type of frame favored by Monet for his late pictures.Textiles
This silk panel (about 1880) by English designer Owen Jones (1806-1889) is now installed just outside of Gallery 314, a gift of the Textile Council and the Swan and Christine J. Turnblad Memorial Fund. Elaborate designs with a suggestion of an exotic, foreign flavor were popular in Europe during the mid to late nineteenth century, and were also desired by affluent purchasers in Middle Eastern and North American markets. Such designs related to Islamic traditions, yet they had a very contemporary aesthetic, which indicated the purchaser's modern, international, and cosmopolitan taste.