Jean Béraud (French, St. Petersburg 1849–1936 Paris)
Oil on canvas
15 5/8 x 22 1/4 in. (39.7 x 56.5 cm)
Bequest of Eda K. Loeb, 1951
Not on view
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 / . . .
Solomon Loeb, New York (in 1895); his daughter-in-law, Eda K. Loeb, New York (until d. 1951)
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.).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity," February 26–May 7, 2013, not in catalogue.
Charles Sterling and Margaretta M. Salinger. French Paintings: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Vol. 2, XIX Century. 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.
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).
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".
Impressionism, Fashion, & Modernity. Ed. Gloria Groom. Exh. cat., Musée d'Orsay, Paris. Chicago, 2012, p. 294, ill. (color) [not in French ed.].
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).