13 May 1999
Camille Pissarro (1830-1903)
Le Louvre, matin, effet de neige
signed and dated 'C. Pissarro. 1903' (lower center)
oil on canvas
18 x 21.5/8 in. (46.4 x 55 cm.)
Painted in 1903
Georges Bernheim, Paris; sale, Galerie Charpentier, Paris, 7 June 1953, lot 74 (illustrated; as La Seine, Le pont des Arts et le Louvre, matin brumeux).
M. Knoedler & Co., Inc., New York.
Anon. sale, Sotheby's, New York, 11 November 1988, lot 6.
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R. Landau, Der Unbestechliche Minos, Hamburg, 1925 (illustrated in color).
L.R. Pissarro and L. Venturi, Camille Pissarro, son art--son oeuvre, Paris, 1939, vol. I, p. 258, no. 1279; vol. II, pl. 249 (illustrated).
In November 1900, Camille Pissarro moved to an apartment at 28 rue Dauphine on the Ile de la Cit in Paris, near the raised terrace of the Pont-Neuf. In January of the following year he began work on an extended series of paintings showing in the foreground the Square du Vert-Galant (the name was derived from the description given to the sexual prowess of Henry IV, the 16th century French king, whose statue appears in the center of the square, just out-of-sight in the present painting), with the Pont des Arts in the middle distance and the newly-renovated facade of the Louvre visible on the far bank of the Seine. Within a year Pissarro completed no fewer than 21 paintings of the Square du Vert-Galant and the Pont-Neuf, his largest series, working in a variety of formats, shifting the the view between three different vantage points and depicting different times-of-day and atmospheric conditions. He continued to work on this series during the winter months for the next two years.
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