FINE PAINTING * ESTABLISHED 1995 Signed and dated lower left: E. Grandjean / 1876 Oil on canvas: 30 × 49 ½ in / 76.2 × 125.7 cm
Le Boulevard des Italiens, Paris This painting depicts the Boulevard des Italiens, one of the most fashionable of the new streets created from Baron Haussmann’s reconstruction of Paris. The radiant sky leads the eye south-west towards the Madeleine. On the left, the ‘H’ line coach of the Compagnie Générale des Omnibus turns out of the Rue de Richelieu. Behind is the Café du Cardinal, haunt of writers, painters and composers, including Hector Berlioz. The café still exists, as does the bust of Cardinal Richelieu visible above the door. On the floors above is a music publisher. The artistic theme is continued by the man (perhaps a humorous self-portrait of Grandjean?) carrying a painting strapped to his back. On the right, the tall building at 8 Boulevard des Italiens advertises the premises of ‘E Tourtin Peinture et Photographie’, who specialized in cartes de visite.