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Throughout his career, Petitjean alternated between traditional, academic art and the progressive approach of Neo-Impressionism. Sometime after 1910 he began to adapt the Neo-Impressionist technique to watercolors, applying delicate pointillist strokes to landscape subjects.
While his use of color theory was somewhat arbitrary, the artist did employ the stable compositions favored by Seurat and his followers, deftly balancing this view of the seine River at it winds into Mantes, thirty-five miles northwest of Paris.
The only verticals punctuating the soft curves of the landscape are the Tour St.-Maclou on the left and the twin towers of the Gothic church of Notre-Dame on the right.