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Héreau trained as an architect before taking up painting in the studio of Robert-Fleury and Charles Jacque. He first exhibited at the Salon in 1855 and continued until 1879, increasingly working on views of Paris. The river is probably the Seine and the twin towers beyond the bridge those of Notre Dame. Héreau depicts the watering of horses before they commence the day’s work. This canvas is painted in the popular style of en plein air painting of the 1860s, with loose brush strokes and a sense of movement appropriate to the subject.
oil on canvas
H 28.1 x W 41.9 cm
bequeathed by the Founders, 1885