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"Touring Paris "

Visit Paris in paintings . . . . . . ... . .

This long serie of impressionist paintings shows my daughter Colombine and her friend visiting Paris.
Characteristics of Impressionist painting include visible brushstrokes, open composition, emphasis on light in its changing qualities (often accentuating the effects of the passage of time), ordinary subject matter, the inclusion of movement as a crucial element of human perception and experience, and unusual visual angles.
These paintings have been created so you could bring back a wonderful souvenir from Paris or a whole collection.
. You can meet me in one of the Parisian Art Market in Montparnasse or Bastille or take a real appointment trough the "guestbook" top-right of this page.

Cyrille Jubert
Flowers Market :

Crossing the Ile de la Cité, we had just visited the "flowers market", in French "le marché aux fleurs" which is located Place Louis Lepine on the Ile de la Cité. An interesting market open daily. On sunday, it becomes the "pet birds Market". I did n't take any good photos, so no paintings yet showing this market. Instead, the girls coming out of the Metro Cité.
Oil on paper : 15 x 20 cm . date of creation : july 2007 - available - 280 euros

Marché aux fleurs : every day from 8h am to 7h30 pm.
Marché aux oiseaux : on sunday from 8h am to 7h pm.
Métro : Cité
Here is the entrance of the "metro" Cité, one of the earliest ones, created in the Art Nouveau style by the Hector Guimard. Today, 86 of Guimard's original entrances are still in existence. They are classifyed "historical monument".

Metro Cité :

Over the stairway of the Metro, a map of the railway network helps you to find your way.
Oil on paper : 15 x 20 cm . date of creation : july 2007 - available - 280 euros
History of the Metropolitain de Paris
In 1896, the Paris authorities adopted the Bienvenüe project of the "Metropolitain". The railway network would only serve the city proper of Paris. Many Parisians feared a network that could be extended to the industrial suburbs and would reduce the safety of the city. Therefore, the Paris authorities decided to forbid any development to the industrial suburbs. As a guarantee that such development would not occur, it was decided to make Métro trains run on the right, as opposed to existing suburban lines which ran on the left..

The earliest lines tracks were dug from street level in open air and covered later.

On July 19, 1900, the first line of the network, known as Porte Maillot-Chateau de Vincennes was inaugurated during the Paris World's Fair.

Bouquinistes and Conciergerie :

On the right bank of the Seine, the girls discover new bouquinistes. Behind the booth you see the Conciergerie and its towers.
This particular "bouquiniste", who looked like a tramp, yelled at me. So many tourists take photos of her place, that she really gets mad.
Nice light on this painting, is n't it ?

Oil on paper : 15 x 20 cm . date of creation : july 2007 - available - 280 euros

The Conciergerie was originally a part of the palace of King Philippe IV (Philippe the Fair) (1284–1314)
The royal family abandoned the palace in 1358, moving across the river to the Louvre.
Located on the west of the Ile de la City, it is a former prison where during the French revolution, thousands of aristocrats were held. It 's there that the King Louis XVI and the Queen Marie Antoinette were prisonners before to be killed.

The Conciergerie is part of a wide building called "Palais de Justice", which is still used today for judicial purposes.

metro station: "Cité"
Secret Paris :
Walking towards the quarter of the "marais", we crossed small charming places. Not a single car, just birds and a fountain to seal your thirst. Here you see one of these famous Wallace Fountains.
Oil on paper : 15 x 20 cm . date of creation : july 2007 - available - 280 euros
Recognized worldwide as one of the symbols of Paris, the Wallace fountains are free drinking fountains scattered throughout the city of Paris. mainly along the most-frequented sidewalks.
Sir Richard Wallace, who lived in Paris, designed them and offered them to the town of Paris, after the franco-prussian war of 1870.
As many aqueducts had been destroyed, the poors could not afford to pay the price of the water. Sir Richard Wallace who inheritated a large fortune, considered as a moral duty to share his wealth with the parisians. These free fountains would help the low classes not to fall in alcoholism.
Could the ploutocrats who governs the planet today follow this philanthropic exemple !
Follow my glance !
Metro Saint Paul :

Place Saint Paul, an other Wallace Fountain.
Behind the girls a merry-go-round beside the entrance of the metro St Paul.

Oil on paper : 15 x 20 cm . date of creation : july 2007 - available - 280 euros
Le Marais means “the marsh” in French. This district of Paris spreads across parts of the 3rd and 4th arrondissements in Paris on the Right Bank of the Seine.
North of Philippe Auguste's enclosure, the Knights Templar cleared the marshlands during the 12th century.
From the 16th century, the aristocracy built large palaces in this area. This fashion grew when the King Henry IV created the Place Royale in 1605.
The Place Royale became further Place des Vosges.
Place des Vosges :

One of my favourite view, from the
shadow of the lindens, the northern pavilion illuminated by the sun.
The square is planted with a bosquet of mature lindens set in grass and gravel, surrounded by clipped lindens.
Oil on paper : 15 x 20 cm . date of creation : july 2007 - available - 280 euros
Oldest square in Paris, the Place des Vosges is located in le Marais, and is part of the 3rd and 4th arrondissements of Paris. Originally called Place Royale, the Place des Vosges was built by Henri IV from 1605 to 1612.
It is a true square (140 m x 140 m), the first program of royal city planning.
The Place des Vosges was built on the site of the Hôtel des Tournelles and its gardens.

At a tournament at the Tournelles, a royal residence, Henri II was wounded and died.
Henry II was an avid hunter and participant in jousts and tournaments. On June 30, 1559, at the Place des Vosges in Paris, during a match to celebrate the Peace Treaty of Cateau-Cambrésis and to celebrate the marriage of his daughter Elizabeth of Valois to King Philip II of Spain, King Henry was mortally wounded by a sliver from the shattered lance of Gabriel Montgomery, captain of the King's Scottish Guard. It penetrated the closed visor, pierced his left eye, penetrated the brain and came out via his ear. He suffered terribly, and, despite the efforts of royal surgeon Ambroise Paré, died on July 10, 1559 .
Nostradamus had predicted Henry's death during a tournament in 1559.
Place des Vosges :

In the square of Place des Vosges, Colombine plays to run after the pigeons.
I love this impressionist painting. Opposition of light and shadows and in particular the opposition of strong colours (orange and violet blue) in foreground.
Oil on paper : 15 x 20 cm . date of creation : july 2007 - available - 280 euros
The Place des Vosges, inaugurated in 1612, is the prototype of all the residential squares of European cities that were to come.
The new fact about the Place Royale in 1612 was that the housefronts were all built with the same design of red brick with strips of stone quoins over vaulted arcades that stand on square pillars. The steeply-pitched blue slate roofs are pierced with discreet small-paned dormers above the pedimented dormers that stand upon the cornices. Only the north range was built with the vaulted ceilings that the "galleries" were meant to have.
Two pavilions that rise higher than the unified roofline of the square center the north and south faces. They offer access to the square through triple arches. Though they are designated the Pavilion of the King and of the Queen, no royal personage has ever lived in the aristocratic square.
You can see the northern pavilion on the previous oil painting.
Place des Vosges :

Going out of the square, Colombine and her friend cross the street to find the fresh shadow of the arcades.
Oil on paper : 15 x 20 cm . date of creation : july 2007 - available - 280 euros
Place des Vosges :
Originally called "Place Royale", the square was renamed after the French Revolution, in 1799 when the département of the Vosges became the first to pay taxes supporting a campaign of the Revolutionary army.
The Restoration returned the old royal name, but the short-lived Second Republic restored the revolutionary one in 1848.
Place des Vosges :

In the shadow of the vaulted galleries, Colombine and her friend admire the art galleries and the fashion shops.
Oil on paper : 15 x 20 cm . date of creation : july 2007 - available - 280 euros
Place des Vosges :
Arcades at Place des Vosges
Here are the vaulted ceilings of the of the Place des Vosges 's galleries.
Who lived there ?
No. 1bis Mme de Sevigné was born here
No. 6 Victor Hugo from 1832 - 1848, in what was then the Hôtel de Rohan-Guéménée, now a Ville de Paris-managed museum devoted to his memory
No. 7 Sully, Henri IV's great minister
No. 8 poet Théophile Gautier and writer Alphonse Daudet
No. 9 (Hôtel de Chaulnes) the Academy of Architecture
No. 11 occupied from 1639-1648 by the courtesan Marion Delorme
No. 14 (Hôtel de la Rivière). Its ceilings painted by Lebrun are reinstalled in the Musée Carnavalet
No. 17 former residence of Bossuet
No. 21 Cardinal Richelieu from 1615 - 1627

Out of Place des Vosges :

Time to go.
Oil on paper : 15 x 20 cm . date of creation : july 2007 - available - 280 euros
"Touring Paris "

on Sunday - at the Montparnasse Art Market

Metro: Edgar Quinet - Bd Edgar Quinet