The Old Bridge of Sèvres, Paris, Henri Joseph Harpignies (1819-1916) - 21¼ x 26½"

SKU: 15674

US$3,490 US$4,215
This nineteenth-century painting is signed and titled on the back of the frame - the writing is very worn, but just visible with sufficient lighting. The painting is by artist Henri Joseph Harpignies (1819-1916) and named Le Vieux Pont de Sèvres, The Old Bridge of Sèvres. It is signed in the bottom left and retains the original gilt frame. The frame is constructed with a keyed miter joint, which can be seen on the back. Oil on canvas.

 

Refer to last images for listing in the Benezit Dictionary of Artists.


Henri Joseph Harpignies (1819-1916) was a prominent French landscape painter and watercolorist, often associated with the Barbizon School. Born on August 28, 1819, in Valenciennes, Harpignies initially pursued a career in business before turning to art at the age of 27. He studied under the landscape painter Jean Achard and was significantly influenced by the works of Camille Corot, with whom he developed a close friendship.

Harpignies' early works were characterized by his use of detailed, realistic depictions of the natural environment, capturing the serene beauty of the French countryside. In 1850, he made his debut at the Paris Salon with a painting of Capri. He continued to exhibit regularly at the Salon, where he gained considerable recognition.

Throughout his career, Harpignies traveled extensively, painting landscapes in various regions of France, including the Nivernais and the Allier. His travels also took him to Italy, where he painted views of Rome and the surrounding countryside. He exhibited at the Exposition Universelle in 1867 and won a medal for his works.

Harpignies was known for his mastery in capturing light and shadow, using a technique that combined both Romantic and Realist elements. He also produced notable watercolor works, which contributed to his reputation as one of the leading landscape artists of his time.

In recognition of his contributions to art, Harpignies was awarded the Legion of Honour in 1883. He continued to paint well into his later years, influencing a new generation of artists with his dedication to capturing the natural world.

Condition and wear consistent with age and use.
Approx. overall 21¼" high x 26½" x 4¼" deep including frame.
Approx. overall 54cm high x 67cm x 11cm deep including frame.

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