Mentor Huebner Oil on Board titled “The Tower” 1961 Sold P594

A beautiful painting of the Eiffel Tower as seen from the Seine River in autumn, by Mentor Huebner. One can see the double-decker bridge that carries the Metro across the river.

That bridge, the pont de Bir-Hakeim, formerly the pont de Passy, is a bridge that crosses the Seine River in Paris, France. It connects the city’s 15th and 16th arrondissements, and passes through the île aux Cygnes. The bridge, made of steel, is the second to have stood at the site. It was constructed between 1903 and 1905, replacing an earlier bridge that had been erected in 1878. The bridge has two levels: one for motor vehicles and pedestrians, and a viaduct above, through which passes Line 6 of the Paris Métro. Originally named the Viaduc de Passy (after the former commune of Passy, which it reaches), it was renamed in 1948 to commemorate the Battle of Bir Hakeim, fought by Free French forces against the Nazi Afrika Korps in 1942. Many movies have featured this bridge including Zazie dans le Métro, Last Tango in Paris, and Inception.

Framed 27″ x 32″.

Mentor Huebner (19 July 1917 Los Angeles, California – 19 March 2001 Burbank, California) was a leading Hollywood production illustrator who did storyboards, production art and creative concepts for more than 250 films, including King Kong (1976), Blade Runner (1982) and Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula (1992). His early work was uncredited on Fiddler on the Roof (1971), The Time Machine (1960), Ben-Hur (1959), North by Northwest (1959), Forbidden Planet (1956), Quo Vadis (1951). As a fine artist, Huebner painted landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes and portraits, creating some 2000 paintings and exhibiting in 50 one-man shows. He also taught art as an instructor at Chouinard Art Institute. The Mentor Huebner Art Gallery is located in the Medford International Airport, Medford, Oregon.

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