Jan van Heel
(Rotterdam 1898 – The Hague 1990)
Brug in Parijs
Signed and annotated Parijs l.l.
Signed, titled, dated 83 and numbered 8 on the reverse side
Oil on canvas, 60.3 x 50.5 cm
The depicted lot is a painting of the Pont Neuf in Paris. On Saturday 31 May 1578 the construction of this oldest bridge of Paris commenced. During a solemn gathering the first stone was laid by Henri III in the presence of the city’s ruling nobility. The famous bridge was completed in 1606 and due to its modern appearance was christened Pont Neuf, the ‘new bridge’. Right from the opening it was the busiest public promenade of Paris. All walks of life paraded on the bridge, and at each time of the day there was a busy crowd of people, restless, ever changing and always curious. The construction has been a mainstay of the Parisian landscape ever since and has been the subject of many paintings, poems and songs.