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Jean Béraud’s Art

"A Windy Day on the Pont des Arts" by Jean Béraud

A Windy Day on the Pont des Arts

“A Windy Day on the Pont des Arts” by Jean Béraud depicts the pedestrian bridge spanning the Seine between the Institut de France, visible in the background, and the Cour Carrée of the Louvre. Béraud positioned himself on the Quai du Louvre and showed a sample of Parisian society crossing the bridge on a windy grey day.

Pont des Arts is the name of the footbridge with a unique view of Paris. It has sometimes served as a place for art exhibitions, and is today a “studio en plein air” for painters, artists and photographers. Since late 2008, tourists have taken to attaching padlocks (love locks) with their first names written or engraved on them to the railing or the grate on the side of the bridge, then throwing the key into the Seine river below, as a romantic gesture.

Since 2012 the number of locks covering the bridge has become overwhelming with over 700,000 locks. This fad has created a safety concern for city authorities, and an aesthetic issue for Parisians and the authorities have taken actions to discourage the practice of love locks.

Art historian Kenneth Clark wrote:

“I am standing on the Pont des Arts in Paris.
On the one side of the Seine is the harmonious, reasonable façade of the Institute of France, built as a college in about 1670.
On the other bank is the Louvre, built continuously from the Middle Ages to the nineteenth century: classical architecture at its most splendid and assured.
Just visible upstream is the Cathedral of Notre Dame …. the most rigorously intellectual façade in the whole of Gothic art.
[…] What is civilisation? I do not know.
I can’t define it in abstract terms –yet.
But I think I can recognise it when I see it:
and I am looking at it now.”

A Windy Day on the Pont des Arts

  • Title:                A Windy Day on the Pont des Arts
  • Artist:              Jean Béraud
  • Created:          1881
  • Medium:         Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions:    H: 39.7 cm (15.6 ″); W: 56.5 cm (22.2 ″)
  • Museum:        Metropolitan Museum of Art – MET

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Jean Béraud's Art

Sunday at the Church of Saint-Philippe-du-Roule, Paris

“Sunday at the Church of Saint-Philippe-du-Roule, Paris” by Jean Béraud depicts a view of the rue du Faubourg St.-Honoré, in Paris which had recently become a fashionable shopping street.

The church in the painting was designed in the eighteenth century and was listed as a historical monument in1993. Its style, with classical Greek columns, makes it looks like that of a Roman temple with stained-glass windows. It was built on the site of a destroyed chapel in 1739, under the sponsorship of Louis XV who wanted to give back a sanctuary to the district.

This painting was exhibited in the Salon of 1877 and was seen as a visual record of contemporary Parisian life.

Sunday at the Church of Saint-Philippe-du-Roule, Paris

  • Title:                Sunday at the Church of Saint-Philippe-du-Roule, Paris
  • Artist:              Jean Béraud
  • Created:          1881
  • Medium:         Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions:    H: 39.7 cm (15.6 ″); W: 56.5 cm (22.2 ″)
  • Museum:        Metropolitan Museum of Art – MET

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Jean Béraud's Art

Parisian Place de la Concorde

“Parisienne place de la Concorde” by Jean Béraud depicts a fashionable woman holding a package crossing one of the major public squares in Paris, France on a cold winter’s day.

The Place de la Concorde is the largest square in the French capital and the site of many notable public executions during the French Revolution.

Parisian Place de la Concorde

  • Title:                Parisian Place de la Concorde
  • Français:          Parisienne place de la Concorde
  • Artist:              Jean Béraud
  • Created:          1885
  • Medium:         Oil on Board
  • Dimensions:    H: 39.7 cm (15.6 ″); W: 56.5 cm (22.2 ″)
  • Museum:         Musée Carnavalet

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Jean Béraud’s Art

To be added:

  • The Newsroom of the Journal des Débats – Musée d’Orsay
  • Parisian Street Scene – Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • The Magdalen at the House of the Pharisees (La Madeleine chez le Pharisien ) – Musée d’Orsay
  • Representation at the Theatre des Varietes – Musée des Arts Décoratifs
  • After the Misdeed (Après la faute) – National Gallery, DC
  • The Wait – Musée d’Orsay
  • An Argument in the Corridors of the Opera – Musée Carnavalet
  • Courses à Longchamp, l’arrivée au poteau – Musée Carnavalet
  • Paris Kiosk – Walters Art Museum
  • Le boulevard des Capucines et le théâtre du Vaudeville – Musée Carnavalet
  • La rue de la Paix [no 3], Paris. 1907 -Musée Carnavalet
  • Paris, rue du Havre – National Gallery, DC

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Jean Béraud

Jean Béraud (1849 – 1935) was a French painter renowned for his paintings depicting the life of Paris. His pictures of the Champs Elysees, cafés, Montmartre and the banks of the Seine, detail the everyday Parisian experience.

Jean Béraud

A Tour of French Artists

Reflections

  • What is civilisation? I can’t define it … But I think I can recognise it when I see it: and I am looking at it now.” – Kenneth Clark

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“London is a riddle. Paris is an explanation.”
– G. K. Chesterson

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Photo Credit 1) Own work Jean Béraud [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]

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