Albert Marquet
Pont Saint-Michel in Paris. 1908

In 1908 Marquet lived and worked on the Quai Saint-Michel in a studio passed on to him by Henri Matisse. The artist painted a whole series of views of the Seine from the window of the studio at different times of the year. In the foreground we see the arched bridge with little coloured dots of pedestrians and carriages on a bright summer day. The pavement recedes into the distance towards the Pont-Neuf and the horizon ends in the silvery silhouette of the high roofs of the Louvre. As the critic and writer Jean Cassou once said: "lf an artist wants to show Paris he will paint the Seine... The Paris sky is the colour of the water, and the water is the colour of the sky."

Albert Marquet

1875–1947