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Paris, France Oil Painting-Sacre-Coeur-Montmartre-Mid-Century Street Painting
The famous cathedral called Sacre-Coeur, glistening on the butte Montmartre, the highest point in Paris, France, is the location for this outstanding example of mid-century street painting from France. Vibrant colors and bold loose brush work depicts the brilliant white domes of the basilica crowning its most rebellious neighborhood. Post WWII this was a very popular tourist destination where many purchased art as they saw it painted in the streets. The list of artists that lived and worked here reads like the brochure from the Louvre.
I believe this is the original solid wood frame as well. In vertical format, this large oil painting is signed in the lower right corner with Paris underneath his name. I have tried to decipher the artist's signature but have not come to any definite conclusion. Thom Hanson is an educated guess.
Total measurements are 32.5 inches wide by 44.5 inches high and the canvas itself measures 24 X 36. I have had it professionally restored. There were three minor canvas issues and the photo of the back of the painting shows the professional repairs that cannot be seen from the front. The canvas and the frame are in excellent condition considering their age.
This charming image draws the viewer into the bohemian art colony on a sunny peaceful day. It is fun to imagine strolling down this narrow street with a tavern on the left, where a lady dressed in fashions from the late 1950's or early `60s is stepping off the curb in front. Across the street is a Hotel. You can almost hear the footsteps of the couple strolling arm in arm and the wheels of the cart being pushed over cobblestones.
A recent art news report said that this subject is now being painted by artists in China. That being the case makes this original street painting from a bygone era of the la Rive Gauche (the Right Bank) a definite collector's piece. Enjoy!
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