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Cathedral at le Puy

1911 Carroll Beckwith Born: Hannibal, Missouri 1852 Died: New York, New York 1917 oil on wood 13 3/4 x 10 1/8 in. (34.9 x 25.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Smithsonian Institution 1974.69.1 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 5A


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The Cathedral of Notre-Dame at le Puy was built in the eleventh and twelfth centuries and was a major pilgrimage site in the late 1500s. James Carroll Beckwith and his wife made their own “pilgrimage” to France in 1911, with stops in Avignon, Nîmes, and le Puy. (Franchi and Weber, Intimate Revelations: The Art of Carroll Beckwith (1852-1917), 1999) He painted this scene on the spot one July afternoon and captured the fleeting summer light as it pierced the gray clouds and made the medieval rooftops glisten.

Keywords

Architecture - religious - church

Architecture - religious - Le Puy Cathedral

Cityscape - France - Le Puy

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About Carroll Beckwith

Born: Hannibal, Missouri 1852 Died: New York, New York 1917

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