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Artist
Alfred Smith
Title
Bordeaux, vu du pont, journée d’hiver
Date
1904
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
Canvas: 59 1/4 × 87 1/4 inches (150.5 × 221.6 cm)Framed: 60 1/2 × 88 × 1 1/2 inches (153.7 × 223.5 × 3.8 cm)
Tags
Painting
Credit Line
Museum purchase.
Accession Number
1908.8
Born in Bordeaux to a family of English origin, Alfred Smith belonged to a generation of artists whose work drew upon the realist traditions of Camille Corot and Gustave Courbet, as well as the novel approach to light and atmosphere adopted by the impressionists. This painting presents a dramatic view of the quay in the artist’s native city, seen from the elevated vantage point of a bridge. The composition is anchored by the strong diagonal of the quayside road, which plunges back toward the city buildings in the distance. The overcast sky conveys the cold, damp chill of winter, and mingles with the smoke of portside industry in the distance.