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View of Paris, The Passage (Vue de Paris, le Passage)

Self-taught painter 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.

Louis Hayet
French, 1864–1940
View of Paris, The Passage (Vue de Paris, le Passage)
ca. 1889
Watercolor on linen
Image: 6 ½ x 8 ½ in. (16.5 x 21.6 cm); sheet: 8 1/6 x 9 1/16 in. (20.7 x 23.0 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 2008.246