During one of my last painting classes I was showing my students how to make their work more simplistic. I brought in several photos I took for the class to paint using inks and markers.
This one painting is one I did of Pont Des Arts, footbridge across the Seine River in Paris.
The colors are a bit off in the photo, but I like the composition and wanted to share the painting anyway.
Between 1802 and 1804, a nine-arch metallic bridge for pedestrians was constructed at the location of the present day Pont des Arts: this was the first metal bridge in Paris.
Damaged by attacks in World War II and multiple collisions by boats the bridge had to rebuilt.
The present bridge was rebuilt between 1981 and 1984 “identically” according to the plans of Louis Arretche, who had decided to reduce the number of arches from nine to seven, allowing the look of the old bridge to be preserved while realigning the new structure with the Pont Neuf.