The River

Pierre Puvis de Chavannes French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 800

In this painting and Cider (26.46.1), Puvis developed his conception for a mural honoring the French territory of Picardy. Here, men construct a bridge over the Somme River while women bathe and mend fishing nets. Their draperies provide vivid accents of color amid the soft hues of the landscape. The final versions of Cider and The River are part of a cycle decorating the Musée de Picardie in Amiens.

#6012. The River

The River, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (French, Lyons 1824–1898 Paris), Oil on paper, laid down on canvas

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