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Le Pont St. Michel

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Eugène Béjot

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

Le Pont St. Michel, 1909
Etching and aquatint on paper
9 1/4 in. x 5 3/4 in. (23.5 cm. x 14.61 cm.)

Creation Place: Europe, French
Technique: Intaglio
Credit Line: Gift of Gerard R. Pomerat
Accession Number: P80.571

Provenance
Bequest of Gerald Pomerat, 1980

Dimensions
Sheet: 13 3/4 x 8 5/16

Authorities
L 231.

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

These works illustrate an idealized relationship between the water and the modern city in the Belle Époque. Haussmann-era buildings, with the medieval Notre-Dame Cathedral deliberately hidden from view, appear stacked behind a bridge that crosses the Seine River. The floating lantern was inspired by Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints, which often included a motif of water in a rapidly urbanizing environment.

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