Catalogue entry

Paule Vézelay b.1893

P02069 Le Pont Neuf, Paris 1921

Inscribed ‘The Pont Neuf, Paris’ b.l. and ‘Paule Vézelay 1921’ b.r.
Lithograph on paper, 17 x 21¾ (43.2 x 55).
Presented by the artist 1973.

This lithograph is one of an unnumbered single edition of 100 made in 1921. In a letter to the compiler (15 February 1974) the artist wrote: ‘Only two prints now remain, since some were sold but the greater part of the edition was stolen in Paris during the last war, with very many paintings and other works.’ In another letter to the compiler (18 January 1974) the artist stated: ‘The lithograph “Le Pont Neuf” was made in London on a lithographic stone, from a drawing made in Paris in a small hotel overlooking the Place du Pont Neuf which was situated between the Quai de L’Orloge and the Quai des Orfevres.’

It is similar to the series of views of the Pont Neuf which Camille Pissarro painted from 1900–1903 but the artist said that she did not know where the studio once occupied by Pissarro was.

Although influenced by Impressionism, ‘Le Pont Neuf, Paris’ with its emphasis upon the linear rhythms of railings, steps, tree branches and the arches of the Pont Neuf, foreshadows the artist’s later preoccupation with straight and curved lines.

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1972–1974, London 1975.