Paris. Alma Bridge over the Seine

Odo Dobrowolski

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Basic information
Odo Dobrowolski
Paris. Alma Bridge over the Seine
Date of creation
cardboard pastel
Dimensions (height x width, cm)
65 x 95
graphic art
Information about author
Odo Dobrowolski
Artist's lifetime
Odo (Otton) Dobrowolski (1883, Chernivtsi – 1917, Kyiv) was a Lviv artist of Polish-German origin. He is mainly known as a graphic artist, in particular a watercolorist, a master of pastels and lithographs. His parents were Jozef Dobrowolski, the Austrian governor of Galicia-Lodomeria, and Eugenia Wittich. Apparently, the artist was named after Otto the Great, the first emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. He graduated from the gymnasium in Lviv. In the mid-1900s, Dobrowolski was in Krakow as a non-degree student of the Academy of Fine Arts. Between 1908 and 1909, thanks to the support of the artist Jan Styka, he was in Paris and then in Munich for a short while. After returning to Lviv between 1909 and 1910, the artist made an oil decorative panel for the confectionery of Gabriela Zapolska, a famous playwright, actress, and a bright representative of the Lviv elite. In 1911 and 1912, he was in Paris again. Then he was in Lviv, where during the Russian occupation he created a series of 10 lithographs, which were very popular. In June 1915, during the retreat of the Russians, the artist went to Kyiv, where he died under uncertain circumstances at the age of 34 in 1917. The artistic heritage of Odo Dobrowolski includes numerous cityscapes, particularly views of Lviv and Paris, as well as portraits, interior sketches, and images of nature. The works are stored in Borys Voznytskyi Lviv National Art Gallery, as well as in the National Museum in Krakow, the National Library in Warsaw, the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw, and in private collections.
Object description
The work was made during the artist's first visit to Paris between 1908 and 1909. The artist painted one of the famous bridges in Paris, standing on the banks of the Seine in the late evening. The composition is crossed diagonally by the arches of the bridge structure on massive round supports. (It is known that there were sculptures on the supports, but the artist did not depict them). The roadway of the bridge is covered with snow; at the edges of the span there are lanterns, the light of which is reflected in emerald and lemon colors in the waves of the calm Seine. The Alma Bridge (Pont de l’Alma) was built after the Crimean War and named after the Allied victory on the Alma River. In the 1970s, the bridge was changed to a new one, with an extended carriageway. In 1996, Princess Diana died in a tunnel near this bridge.
In the lower left corner there is the author's signature, date, and the title of the work “Odo Dobrowolski 09/ Paryż Pont de l’Alma” written in italics.