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When collecting a series, it doesn't take long to figure out which cards are the hard-to-find ones. Here's one by André Renoux (1939-2002), the "father" of the Paris School of Urban Realism, that definitely falls into that category. Beauvilliers restaurant was located at 52 Rue Lamarck, in the Montmartre district. In the book "Remembering Paris, " by Denis Tillanac and André Renoux, Beauvilliers is pictured, with these comments: "The facade of the famous Beauvilliers restaurant brings to mind romantic suppers during the Belle Epoque. Its cuisine remains as good as ever, but now has a lighter touch." That was written in 1998. One of the companies the carries Renoux's lithographs and limited editions says this about the place: "Known for centuries as a bakery, in the 20th century it became one of Paris' most acclaimed restaurants, catering to the elite of Paris such as actors, models, and politicians, its elegant and refined interior hung with paintings featuring the long absent windmills of ancient Montmarte."
Sadly, this place is no longer open. Once again, Renoux has succeeded in beautifully preserving Paris' past. Note that this card is artist signed. Not all in his postcard series are.
The last time I was able to get my hands on one of these, it was a used one franked 1988. This copy is unused but it has suffered a light crease. From the front, looking straight on, it is not noticeable. When held at an angle, you can see the superficial wrinkles; verso you'll note the shadow area. Considering this card is almost 30 years old, I would still classify it as being in very good vintage condition.
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Beauvilliers Restaurant in Paris by French Painter André Renoux Vintage Postcard
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