The Pont des Arts, Paris

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841-1919)
Oil on canvas 
24 x 39-1/2 in. (60.9 x 100.3 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
On View

Planted in the heart of Paris, we stand on the Left Bank of the Seine, looking upstream toward the wrought-iron Pont des Arts. A ferry pulls up to the quayside, crowded with commuters and idlers from all walks of life: leisured ladies in bright crinolines and smartly turned-out dandies, scrappy street urchins and soldiers in crimson trousers, romping dogs and a blue-smocked working man, seated on the riverbank. Up the ramp at right, secondhand booksellers trade in the shadow of the domed Institut de France, while on the horizon at left appear the brand-new theaters of the Place du Châtelet. The crisp shadows and liberally applied black are typical of Renoir’s early career, when the artist and his friend Monet set out to document their changing city in a celebrated series of views to which this one belongs.


The artist, sold 31 March 1872 for frs. 200 to;
[Durand-Ruel, Paris, stock nos. 1131 and 178, until at least 1875/1877].*
The artist, sold 31 March 1872 for frs. 200 to;
[Durand-Ruel, Paris, stock nos. 1131 and 178, until at least 1875/1877].*
Comtesse de Rasty, Paris.
[Galerie Matthiesen, Berlin, 1929].
(Max Silberberg and Hugo Simon sale, Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, 9 June 1932, lot 25, ill., bought in at FF. 133,000).
Dr. van Kricken [Kellen?].
Paul Cassirer, to;*
Estella Katzenellenbogen [changed to “Kellen” once in U.S.], Zurich, to;*
Mme. Kathie Perls/Frank Perls, Paris, sold December 1936 for $12,900 to;
[M. Knoedler & Co., Inc., New York, stock no. A1802, jointly owned with];
[Carstairs Gallery, New York, sold 3 June 1941 for $19,500 to];
Richard N. Ryan, New York, by inheritance to;
Mrs. Richard N. Ryan, New York, subsequently married to W. Clifford Klenk, Wainscott, New York (sale, New York, Parke-Bernet Galleries, 9 October 1968, lot 8, color ill., to);
The Norton Simon Foundation.

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