View of the Institut de France from the Foot of the Pont Royal

Henri Harpignies1870

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

This watercolor belongs to a series of views of Paris which Harpignies painted just before the beginning of the Franco-Prussian War. Although Harpignies is often placed with the artists of the Barbizon school, he did not work in Fontainebleau—although he was influenced by the compositions of Camille Corot (also in this gallery). A talented and influential watercolorist, Harpignies’s primary subjects were landscapes and views of Paris. In this sheet, the artist records a view from the Bois de Boulogne, a famous park on the western edge of Paris.

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  • Title: View of the Institut de France from the Foot of the Pont Royal
  • Creator: Henri Joseph Harpignies (French, 1819-1916)
  • Date Created: 1870
  • Physical Dimensions: Sheet: 23.9 x 19 cm (9 7/16 x 7 1/2 in.)
  • Type: Drawing
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1946.287
  • Medium: watercolor
  • Inscriptions: signed, lower left, in brown watercolor: h j harpignies Mai 1870. ; VERSO, lower center, in graphite: 38 3 [last 3 underlined and superscript] x 45 3 [3 underlined and superscript] ; lower center, in black ink: [li?] 3308 vx/sx
  • Department: Drawings
  • Culture: France, 19th century
  • Credit Line: In memory of Ralph King, gift of Mrs. Ralph King; Ralph T. Woods, Charles G. King; and Frances King Schafer
  • Collection: DR - French
  • Accession Number: 1946.287

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