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A Windy Day on the Pont des Arts

Jean Béraud (French, St. Petersburg 1849–1936 Paris)

Date:
ca. 1880–81
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
15 5/8 x 22 1/4 in. (39.7 x 56.5 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Bequest of Eda K. Loeb, 1951
Accession Number:
52.48.1
  • Gallery Label

    This painting of about 1880–81 depicts the Pont des Arts, a footbridge spanning the Seine between the Institut de France and the Cour Carrée of the Louvre. Béraud positioned himself on the Quai du Louvre; the cupola of the Institut is visible in the background.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Signed and inscribed: (lower right) JeanBéraud.; (center) FETE / DE SEVRES / . . .

  • Provenance

    Solomon Loeb, New York (in 1895); his daughter-in-law, Eda K. Loeb, New York (until d. 1951)

  • Exhibition History

    New York. Madison Square Garden. "Fair in Aid of Educational Alliance and Hebrew Technical Institute," December 1895, no. 39 (as "A Windy Day," lent by Solomon Loeb, Esq.).

  • References

    Charles Sterling and Margaretta M. Salinger. "XIX Century." French Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2, New York, 1966, pp. 216–17, ill., date it about 1880–81, based on the dress of the pedestrians; note that the Pont des Arts leads from the Institut de France to the Cour Carré of the Louvre and mention that the poster at the entrance to the bridge announces a public fair in the suburb of Sèvres.

    John Milner. The Studios of Paris: The Capital of Art in the Late Nineteenth Century. New Haven, 1988, p. 7, colorpl. 8.

    Caroline Igra. "Monuments to Prior Glory: The Foreign Perspective on Post-Commune Paris." Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte 62 (1999), p. 519, fig. 8, comments that this painting "illustrates how an artist could incorporate significant monuments within his images without endowing them with... heavy-handed symbolic significance".

    Patrick Offenstadt. Jean Béraud, 1849–1935, The Belle Époque: A Dream of Times Gone By: Catalogue raisonné. Cologne, 1999, pp. 160–61, no. 168, ill. (color), catalogues an earlier version of this composition (private collection; no. 168bis), as well as two other paintings depicting the Pont des Arts: "Pretty Artist, Pont des Arts" (private collection; no. 166) and "Quai de la Seine, near the Pont des Arts" (Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow; no. 167).



  • Notes

    There is an earlier version of this composition in a private collection (Offenstadt 1999, no. 168bis), as well as two other paintings by Béraud depicting the Pont des Arts: "Pretty Artist, Pont des Arts" (private collection; Offenstadt no. 166) and "Quai de la Seine, near the Pont des Arts" (Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow; Offenstadt no. 167).

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