The Pont Neuf, Paris

The Pont Neuf, Paris
Artist:
Stanislas-Victor-Édouard Lépine (French, 1835-1892)
Date:
c. 1875-1879
Medium:
Oil on canvas 
Dimensions:
9 x 13 in. (22.9 x 33.0 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
F.1969.08.1.P 
Copyright:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
On View
Description

A pupil of Corot, Lépine participated in the first Impressionist exhibition in 1874. His favorite subjects were the bridges and barges of the river Seine, which he painted with unusual delicacy and freshness.

This view of the Pont Neuf looks west from a spot on the Left Bank opposite the Île de la Cité. The rooftops of the Louvre are just visible beyond the bridge at the center of the composition.

This view of the Pont de l’Estacade appears to have been a study, completed outdoors, for a much larger picture exhibited at the Salon in 1885. It takes up a position farther east along the Left Bank. At left appears the tip of the Île Saint-Louis, while the bridge itself, still under construction, occupies the center of the scene.

Provenance:

(sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 7 February 1879, lot 37, as Le Pont-Neuf).
Picq, Paris (sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 7 May 1898, lot 38, as Vue de Paris: le Petit Bras de la Seine).
Louis Schoengrun, Paris (sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 7 February 1901, lot 21, as Le petit bras de la Seine, au Pont-Neuf).
Alexander Young, London (sale, London, Christie’s, 1 July 1910, lot 213, as Pont Neuf, to);
Murray.
[Leopold Megret](sale, London, Christie’s, 9 July 1928, lot 145, as Bridges on the Seine, bought in, or to);
[?]Lord Lamborne (Amelius Mark Richard Lockwood, 1847-1928), London.
[Allard & Noël, Paris].
[Galerie Schmit, Paris, by 1968, sold, as Vue de Paris. Le Pont-Neuf, 9 May 1969 to];
The Norton Simon Foundation.

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