“The Pont Neuf,” by Claude Monet, 1871.
Claude Monet, “The Pont Neuf,” 1871. Oil on canvas.
The bloody defeat of the Paris Commune in 1871 demoralized and divided the European Left. That grim mood is captured in this cityscape by Monet, painted when he returned to Paris from exile in fall 1871. The picture’s grey tones and lonely figures contrast as much with the bright glamour of Monet’s earlier Paris scenes as with the drama of life during the Commune itself.
Dallas Museum of Art, via Artstor.