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View of Paris, The Passage

Artist Louis Hayet (French, 1864–1940)
Title View of Paris, The Passage (Vue de Paris, le Passage)
Date Ca. 1889
Medium Watercolor over graphite on linen
Dimensions Image: 6 1/2 × 8 1/2 in. (16.5 × 21.6 cm)
Sheet: 7 1/16 × 9 1/16 in. (17.9 × 23 cm)
Framed: 18 3/8 × 20 1/4 × 3 in. (46.7 × 51.4 × 7.6 cm)
Credit Line Acquired from the estate of Thomas T. Solley, Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University
Accession Number 2008.246

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About this Work

Self-taught painter Louis Hayet met the Neo-Impressionists Paul Signac and Georges Seurat in the mid-1880s and adopted their Pointillist technique. He exhibited only once with them, however, at the 1889 Salon des artistes indépendants, before withdrawing from the group in the early 1890s. A student of color theory, he spent his later years writing artistic treatises and designing stage sets.
Hayet painted this pointillist street scene while still affiliated with the Neo-Impressionists. The looseness of the brushwork creates a tension between the solid objects and the ephemeral sunlight.

2008, Acquired by the Indiana University Art Museum (from Estate of Thomas T. Solley)

2006–2008, Estate of Thomas T. Solley, Oxford, England

ca. 1977(?)–2006, Collection of Thomas T. Solley (1924–2006), Bloomington, Indiana, and Oxford, England

December 8, 1977, Sale, “Forty-Six Neo-Impressionist Paintings and Watercolours,” Sotheby’s, London (lot no. 324)

?–1977, Collection of Dr. Jean Sutter (ca. 1910–1977), Paris [1]


[1] Per collector’s stamp on verso (Lugt 3542), identified on February 2, 2023. Sutter was the principal collector of Hayet’s paintings and watercolors, however it remains uncertain when he began to collect them.

Provenance research is ongoing for this and many other items in the Eskenazi Museum of Art permanent collection. For more information about the provenance of this artwork, please contact the department curator with specific questions.

August 5, 2023–December 10, 2023, “Landscape and Abstraction in Watercolor 1780-1980,” Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

February–April 1968, "Neo-Impressionism," Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

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