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Le Pont Neuf

Hippolyte Petitjean (French, Mâcon 1854–1929 Paris)
ca. 1912–14
Watercolor and gouache on cream wove paper, upper edge torn from notebook
9 13/16 x 7 1/2 in. (25 x 19 cm)
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
Not on view
Hippolyte Petitjean mastered to perfection the Neo-Impressionist technique pointillism. A close friend of Georges Seurat, Petitjean took up Neo-Impressionism in 1886, and later exhibited on a regular basis with fellow practitioners. Although he gave up working in divided color for some years before the turn of the century, he resumed the dot technique around 1912, when he painted this luminescent watercolor. In his late watercolors, Petitjean used widely spaced round dots of pure color, leaving much of the paper surface untouched. This delicate pointillist sheet, glistening with light, was made along the Seine, looking downriver through the arches of the Pont Neuf toward the bathing cabins and trees by the place Henri IV.
Marking: Stamped in red-orange ink with studio stamp (lower left): Atelier/ Hipp. Petitjean [in rectangular border]
Old label from backing: Findlay Galleries/ Incorporated/ Kansas City; New York/ Est. 1870
Imprinted twice on backing: DOUANE/ EXPORTATION/ PARIS/ CENTRALE
Inscribed on backing: Pont de Paris/ Le Pont Neuf/ 1488/ G- 500 [old Lehman Number]
Robert Lehman (acquired from David Findlay Galleries, New York in the early 1960's)
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