The Pont des Arts, Paris
Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841-1919)
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.


  • Artist Name: Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841-1919)
  • Title: The Pont des Arts, Paris
  • Date: 1867-1868
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 24 x 39-1/2 in. (60.9 x 100.3 cm)
  • Credit Line: The Norton Simon Foundation
  • Accession Number: F.1968.13.P
  • Copyright: © The Norton Simon Foundation

Object Information

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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[on loan]

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  • Art Institute of Chicago, 1973-02-03 to 1973-04-01

[on loan]

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  • New York, Wildenstien & Co., 1950-03-23 to 1950-04-29

Paintings of Paris for the Benefit of the British War Relief Society

  • New York, Durand-Ruel Galleries, 1940-10-29 to 1940-11-16

Views of Paris

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  • National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), 2012-01-25 to 2012-07-29

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  • Herbert, Robert L., Impressionism: Art, Leisure, and Parisian Society, 1988, pls. 9-10 pp. 7-9
  • Masterpieces from the Norton Simon Museum, 1989, pp. 130-131
  • Clarke, Michael, Corot and the Art of the Landscape, 1991, fig. 108 pp. 111-112
  • House, John, Renoir Master Impressionist, 1994, fig. 1 p. 15
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  • Callen, Anthea, The Art of Impressionism: Painting Technique & the Making of Modernity, 2000, fig. 173 pp. 120, 184
  • Goldin, Marco, Monet: I luoghi della pittura, 2001, p. 127
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  • Rubin, James H., Impressionist Cats and Dogs, 2003, fig. 63 pp. 78-82
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  • Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, 2010, cat. 531 p. 309
  • Hrsg. Kunstmuseum Basel, Renoir: Between Bohemia and Bourgeoisie: The Early Years, 2012, Fig. 4 p. 47
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  • Emily Beeny, Stéphane Guégan, Pas de deux: An Exchange of Masterpieces, 2015, pp. 2, 10-12, 19, 54
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