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Faubourg St. Antoine, Paris

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Eugène Béjot

(Paris, France, August 31, 1867 - February 28, 1931, Paris, France)

Faubourg St. Antoine, Paris, 1903
Etching on tan wove paper
5 3/4 in. x 7 in. (14.61 cm. x 17.78 cm.)

Creation Place: Europe, French
Technique: Etching
Credit Line: Gift of Gerard R. Pomerat
Accession Number: P80.570

Provenance
Bequest of Gerald Pomerat, 1980

Dimensions
Sheet: 7 1/4 x 8 1/4

Commentary
Label for "Parisian Ecologies: The City Transformed in Nineteenth-Century Prints and Drawings" March 24 - June 25, 2022

In January 1910, weeks of heavy rainfall flooded Haussmann’s sewers and subways, causing the Seine River to rise more than 26 feet. Thousands of people had to be evacuated, and what would be today more than a billion dollars of damage was done to the city. Recognizing the destructive potential of rain years before the Great Flood of Paris, Béjot depicts a rainy landscape in which water distorts the reflections of wagons and pedestrians, and storm clouds loom. Five years after the flood, the Seine flows by the Quai de l’Horloge as smoke rises from boats in the distance, a sign of continued industrialization during the post-Haussmann era.

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