autour d'un Pont (le Pont au Change),
This picture should be considered
an oil sketch (as it is unsigned), showing vendors on the flower market in central Paris
along the Quai
de Corse, and opens onto the Pont au Change in the background.
The Pont au Change connects the Ile de la Cité and the Rive Droite,
crossing the Seine from the Conciergerie to the Place du Châtelet.
The Marché aux
Fleurs has been on operation since 1809, and is one of the busiest
markets in the city. It looked something like this in Luce's
We have estimated the date on both chronological and stylistic criteria: it corresponds to the time when Luce was actively painting street scenes in Paris and Rouen, with a similar impasto technique that mixes pastel tones in hardy brushstrokes to atmospheric effect.**
Chapman was the CEO of the Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester New York, and
his collection was dispersed on 15 September, 2010 by the auctioneer
John Coker Ltd. Here following is an excerpt from the catalogue:
** See for example the small picture sold at Christie's on 21 June, 2018: https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/paintings/maximilien-luce-rouen-le-pont-de-pierre-6152686-details.aspx?from=searchresults&intObjectID=6152686&sid=9d99702f-7b85-4f65-b716-378d50aabcc6