Banks of the Seine by Stanislas Lépine is an oil on canvas (11-7/8 x 23 inches) that is on display at Musée d'Orsay, Paris.

Stanislas Lépine (1835-1892) had one favorite subject, the Seine. His placid paintings depict the great French river in its many different aspects. Although not strictly speaking one of the Impressionists, the moods of his paintings closely resemble those of the group's.

Lépine only exhibited with the Impressionists in the first exhibition. Among his three works was Banks of the Seine (1869), a serene view of the river from a point on the water that allowed Lepine to include both banks. His attentive rendering of reflections on the water -- distinct at the highly lit right shore and obscured on the left -- is similar to Claude Monet's and Camille Pissarro's river views.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Debra N. Mancoff is an art historian and lecturer and the author of numerous books on nineteenth-century European and American paintings. She is a scholar in residence at the Newberry Library.