Armand Guillaumin may be less well known than his illustrious friends Paul Cézanne and Camille Pissarro, but he was indeed a talented landscape painter, especially in the 1870s. Guillaumin developed an interest in viaducts and bridges as an employee of the Paris-Orléans railway, and later, the Department of Roads and Bridges. This lyrically beautiful landscape was painted in the upper valley of the Marne in northeastern France, only a few miles from central Paris. The picture found its way to the celebrated collection of Dr. Paul Gachet, a recognition of much distinction for an artist of modest notoriety.
Signature: Signed and dated (lower left): AGuillaumin [initials in monogram] / 1871
Dr. Paul Gachet, Auvers-sur-Oise; his son, Paul Gachet, by descent, 1909; Wildenstein & Co., New York, by 1954; acquired from Wildenstein & Co., New York, by Robert Lehman, New York, 1954.