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Bassin de La Villette
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Bassin de La Villette

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Description The Bassin was constructed in the former village of La Villette between 1806 and 1809 to provide a harbor and a reservoir. It was formed from the Canal d'Ourcq connecting the Ourcq, a tributary of the Marne, with the Seine. Lépine produced a number of paintings of this waterway conveniently located east of Montmartre. Here he shows it on a sunny, though hazy and apparently humid day. Flanking the waterway are numerous barges and warehouses. A similar view, "Le Bassin de La Villette," is illustrated in John Couper, "Stanislas Lépine, sa vie, son oeuvre," Paris, 1969, fig. 31.
Date Description Narrative
9/14/1956Treatmentcleaned; coated
11/15/2007Treatmentrepaired; loss compensation
  • Before Monet: Landscape Painting in France and Impressionist Masters: Highlights from The Walters Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998.
  • The Road to Impressionism: Barbizon Landscapes from the Walters Art Museum. The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis; The Frick Art & Historical Center, Pittsburgh. 2008-2009.
Provenance Durand-Ruel [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Cyrus J. Lawrence Sale, American Art Association, New York, January 21-22, 1910, no. 61; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1910, by purchase [under alias Henry Chester]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Lower left: S. Lépine
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1910

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mid 19th century
oil on fabric
(Painting & Drawing)
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H: 13 11/16 x W: 24 1/8 in. (34.8 x 61.3 cm); Framed H: 22 7/8 x W: 32 3/8 x D: 3 1/4 in. (58.1 x 82.23 x 8.26 cm)
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Not On View


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