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Boulevard in Wet Weather, Paris

Robert Henri, American, 1865 - 1929

Made in Europe


Oil on canvas

25 x 32 inches (63.5 x 81.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
American Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Meyer P. Potamkin and Vivian O. Potamkin, 2000

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This painting was made on Robert Henri’s honeymoon, which he spent in Paris with his new wife, Linda Craige, in 1899. The loose and fairly rapid application of pigment deftly evokes a sloshy street scene in the evening rain. Everything is drawn with the brush rather than sketched in beforehand, which adds a sense of immediacy to the work. Although the blurred, dazzling light effects recall the work of the French Impressionists, especially the cityscapes of Camille Pissarro, the murky palette, with strong contrasts of dark and light, are typical of Henri’s moody renderings of the urban scene at night.