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The Pont de L'Estacade, Paris, c. 1880-1884

Stanislas-Victor-Édouard Lépine

French, 1835-1892
Oil on canvas
10-5/8 x 16-1/8 in. (27.0 x 41 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
M.1969.19.P
© Norton Simon Art Foundation

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During the 1870s and 1880s, Stanislas Lépine painted several views of the Seine in Paris. Usually capturing the view on a Sunday, while workers were out fishing or enjoying the day, his small, exquisitely rendered landscapes of the river often served as studies for larger, more intricate compositions completed indoors in his studio. The painting that takes the small Pont de l’Estacade as its study, for example, is one of Lépine’s largest and most extraordinary canvases. Regardless of their size, however Lépine’s views of the Seine remain as modest as the painter himself. They never veer toward sentimentality or grandiosity; instead, they present humble, familiar views of the city in which the painter lived.

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