The Pont de L'Estacade, Paris

The Pont de L'Estacade, Paris
Artist:
Stanislas-Victor-Édouard Lépine (French, 1835-1892)
Date:
c. 1880-1884
Medium:
Oil on canvas 
Dimensions:
10-5/8 x 16-1/8 in. (27.0 x 41 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Art Foundation 
Accession Number:
M.1969.19.P 
Copyright:
© Norton Simon Art 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:

Louis de Fourcaud, Paris (sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 29 March 1917, lot 43, ill., as Le Pont de L’Estacade, Paris, for 4,200 francs to);
[Boussod, Valadon, Paris, stock no. 31250, sold for 9,000 francs to];
[J. Allard, January 4, 1918].
Mme. L. Ferrey, Paris (sale, Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, 18 April 1921, lot 33, ill., as L’Estacade, to);
Gerson.
[Georges Petit, Paris].
François Estier, Paris (sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 5 December 1940, lot 32, ill., as Le pont de l’Estacade, for 32,000 francs).
[Galerie Schmit, Paris, sold, as Vue de Paris, 20 March 1969 to];
Norton Simon Art Foundation.

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