FINE PAINT­ING * ES­TAB­LISHED 1995 Signed and dated lower left: E. Grand­jean / 1876 Oil on can­vas: 30 × 49 ½ in / 76.2 × 125.7 cm

Country Life Every Week - - News - ED­MOND-GE­ORGES GRAND­JEAN 1844 – Paris – 1909

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.

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