A Windy Day on the Pont des Arts

Jean Béraud French

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Béraud was known for dashing about Paris in a specially outfitted carriage that allowed him to sketch the city’s crowds on the fly. Here, he depicts the lively traffic on the Pont des Arts, a footbridge spanning the Seine between the Institut de France and the Cour Carrée of the Louvre. A gust of wind leaves dignified gentlemen clutching their top hats and friskily lifts the skirts of a chic young woman, revealing a naughty glimpse of petticoat. Such wittily observed slice-of-life scenes were Béraud’s trademark.

A Windy Day on the Pont des Arts, Jean Béraud (French, St. Petersburg 1849–1936 Paris), Oil on canvas

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