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Europeans & Americans Abroad; Philadelphia Collection 73; September 2004
 
 
painting
 
Alexandre De Faux
(French, 1826–1900)
Le Pont Neuf, Paris, 1850
Oil on panel, 9 3/8 × 13 3/4 inches
Signed at lower right: “A. De Faux”
Signed, dated, and inscribed in ink on panel verso: “Le pont neuf 1850/A. De Faux”

Alexandre De Faux was a student of Camille-Jean-Baptiste Corot (1796–1875), whose influence is seen particularly in De Faux’s use of color and choice of subjects. Equally adept in oil and watercolor, De Faux painted many landscapes, especially in the Barbizon region near Paris. He first exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1859. He continued to exhibit there until his death, winning medals in 1874, 1879, and 1900. He became a member of the Legion of Honor in 1881.

The oldest bridge in Paris, the Pont Neuf (paradoxically, the “New” Bridge), was begun in 1578 and opened by Henri IV in 1607. Unusually large for a bridge of the period, it incorporated sidewalks, but omitted the shops and dwellings that were usually built on earlier, and some later, bridges. In spite of many restorations, the Pont Neuf retains its original form.



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