Ulpiano Checa, Rainy day in Paris 01 Painting, Streets of Paris, by the artists of their time, Part 72

Ulpiano Checa (1860–1916)
Ulpiano Checa, (1860–1916)
Día de lluvia en Paris/ Rainy day in Paris
Oil on canvas
Height: 66 cm (25.9″); Width: 80 cm (31.4″)
Museo Ulpiano Checa

Ulpiano Fernández-Checa y Saiz (April 3, 1860 – January 5, 1916), known as Ulpiano Checa, was a Spanish painter, sculptor, poster designer and illustrator. He used both impressionistic and academic techniques, and mainly painted historical subjects.

He was born in Colmenar de Oreja, Spain, and exhibited a talent for art when he was a young child. At thirteen, he met Don José Ballesterwho was impressed with his work and decided to bring Checa and his family to the capital to begin his art studies.

In 1873, he entered the Escuela de Bellas Artes de San Fernando in Madrid, followed by study at the Spanish Academy of Fine Arts in Rome [es], where he would paint Invasion of the Barbarians (since lost in a fire) which won the gold medal at the National Exhibition of Fine Arts in 1887. More on Ulpiano Fernández-Checa y Saiz

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Jean Dufy, La danse 01 Painting, Streets of Paris, by the artists of their time, Part 71

Jean Dufy (1888-1964)2
Jean Dufy, (1888-1964)
La danse (Au Cirque Médrano/ Circus Medrano), c. 1930
Oil on canvas
18 1/8 x 15 in. (46 x 38 cm.)
Private collection

The Cirque Medrano is a French circus that was located at the edge of Montmartre,  in what was then the edge of the City of Paris, under the name “Cirque Fernando”. The title “Cirque Medrano” is still active today: it is now a successful French traveling circus.

The Parisian circus was created by a Belgian circus entrepreneur, Ferdinand Beert (1835-1902), and was built at the corner of the Boulevard de Rochechouart and the Rue des Martyrs, in what was then the edge of the City of Paris, under the name “Cirque Fernando.” The area was a working-class neighborhood at the foot of the hill of Montmartre, famous for its many places of popular entertainment, among which the Moulin de la Galette and the famous Bal du Moulin Rouge — and in the vicinity of the Bateau-Lavoir in Montmartre, where many young painters lived. More on The Cirque Medrano

Jean Dufy (b Le Havre, France, 1888; d La Boissière, 1964) French Painter. Following his service in the military, from 1910-1912, Jean Dufy relocated to Paris. Inspired by the work of Braque and Picasso, Dufy created watercolors that expressed a heightened understanding of color and light. In the mid-1920s, Jean Dufy became captivated by the music of the time, such as Darius Millaud and Francis Poulenc, and incorporated this interest into his artwork. While depicting orchestral and musical subjects, Dufy later became enchanted by the coast of Northern France and began to create majestic and effecting landscapes. Throughout the 1950s Dufy explored Western Europe and North America, but inevitably returned to his watercolors and oils of Paris. Just two months after the death of his wife, Ismérie, Jean Dufy died in 1964 in La BoissiereMore Jean Dufy



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Henry MALFROY, Paris, l’Arc de Triomphe 01 Painting, Streets of Paris, Part 70 – With Footnotes

Henry MALFROY 1895-1944
Henry MALFROY, 1895-1944
Paris, l’Arc de Triomphe
Huile sur papier
27 x 35 cm.
Private collection

Honoring those who fought and died for France during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, the Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile stands at the center of the present work by Jean Béraud, the master of Belle Époque Parisian painting. Béraud presents the prototypical view of the Champs-Élysées: fashionably dressed figures stroll under the trees and others ride in carriages down the busy avenue. Many have commented on Beraud’s realistic portrayal of everyday life at the fin-de-siecle and this attention to detail extends to his meticulous depiction of a plaster sculpture that surmounted the Arc itself at the time-Alexandre Falguière’s The Triumph of the Revolution. As one of the finest sculptors to practice during the Second Empire, Falguière conceived his monumental plaster sculpture as an elaborate quadriga preparing to “crush Anarchy and Despotism”, a worthy commentary on the political vagaries that had beset France in the past. The plaster group was in place from 1882 until it crumbled in 1886. Unfortunately, no version in bronze was commissioned; there is only a maquette of the sculpture in the collection of the Musée d’Orsay, and, of course, images such as Béraud’s Arc de Triomphe. More on this painting

Henry Malfroy, ( b. January 15, 1895, in Martinique; died in 1944), was born in Martigues (Mouth of the Rhone) on the 15th January 1895.

He was most likely the son of Charles Malfroy, with whom he is often confused. He was an impressionist painter, specialising in topographical subjects including the town of Cassis, the Mouth of the Rhone, the Var and in particular street scenes of Paris.

He regularly exhibited at the Salons des Artistes Francais et des Independants. More on Henry Malfroy

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Miroslava Zaharieva, Notre-Dame Cathedral 01 Painting, Streets of Paris, by the artists of their time, Part 69 – With Footnotes

Notre-Dame Cathedral
Miroslava Zaharieva, Bulgaria
Notre-Dame Cathedral
Watercolor on Paper
19.7 W x 13.8 H x 0 in
Private collection

Notre-Dame de Paris is a medieval Catholic cathedral on the Île de la Cité in the fourth arrondissement of Paris. The cathedral is widely considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture, and is among the largest and most well-known church buildings in the world. The naturalism of its sculptures and stained glass are in contrast with earlier Romanesque architecture.

As the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Paris, Notre-Dame contains the cathedra of the Archbishop of Paris. The cathedral treasury contains a reliquary which houses some of Catholicism’s most important relics, including the purported Crown of Thorns, a fragment of the True Cross, and one of the Holy Nails.

 

In the 1790s, Notre-Dame suffered desecration in the radical phase of the French Revolution when much of its religious imagery was damaged or destroyed. An extensive restoration supervised by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc began in 1845. A project of further restoration and maintenance began in 1991. More on Notre-Dame Cathedral


Miroslava Zaharieva is an academic and self-expression artist. She works in various styles: still life, landscape, portrait, figural and non-figural compositions using watercolours, oil, tempera and acrylic colours. Traditional techniques of painting and experimentation by mixing different techniques together. Collage works with various materials: paper, textile, leather and synthetics. Applied arts experience in hand drawing and stamping of textiles (silk, linen, cotton, synthetics).

Born on May 6th 1982 at Sofia, Bulgaria, Miroslava Graduated on M.A. course in Painting at the National Academy of Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria. She is a member of Union of Bulgarian Artists since 2012. She is also a member of AIAP / IAA – UNESCO. More on Miroslava Zaharieva





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Jean Dufy, PARIS, MONTMARTRE 01 Painting, Streets of Paris, Part 68 – With Footnotes

_JEAN DUFY
Jean Dufy, (1888 – 1964)
PARIS, MONTMARTRE, c. 1920
Watercolor and gouache on paper
10¼ by 14¼ in. (26 by 36.1 cm)
Private collection

With its cobbled streets, stunning Basilica, artists, bistros … Montmartre is full of charm! Perched on the top of a small hill in the 18th arrondissement, the most famous Parisian district has lost none of its village atmosphere that appealed so much to the artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. A real melting pot of art and inspiration for the cinema, Montmartre still gives as much pleasure to those who stroll around it and figures high on the list for a stay in Paris. More on Montmartre

Jean Dufy (b Le Havre, France, 1888; d La Boissière, 1964) French Painter. Following his service in the military, from 1910-1912, Jean Dufy relocated to Paris. Inspired by the work of Braque and Picasso, Dufy created watercolors that expressed a heightened understanding of color and light. In the mid-1920s, Jean Dufy became captivated by the music of the time, such as Darius Millaud and Francis Poulenc, and incorporated this interest into his artwork. While depicting orchestral and musical subjects, Dufy later became enchanted by the coast of Northern France and began to create majestic and effecting landscapes. Throughout the 1950s Dufy explored Western Europe and North America, but inevitably returned to his watercolors and oils of Paris. Just two months after the death of his wife, Ismérie, Jean Dufy died in 1964 in La BoissiereMore Jean Dufy



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Jean Dufy, L’Institut et la Passerelle des Arts, 1929 01 Painting, Streets of Paris, Part 67 – With Footnotes

Jean Dufy (1888-1964)
Jean Dufy, (1888-1964)
L’Institut et la Passerelle des Arts, 1929
Oil on canvas
54 x 73 cm., 21 1/4 x 28 3/4 in.
Private collection

The Pont des Arts or Passerelle des Arts is a pedestrian bridge in Paris which crosses the River Seine. It links the Institut de France and the central square (cour carrée) of the Palais du Louvre, (which had been termed the “Palais des Arts” under the First French Empire).

The bridge has sometimes served as a place for art exhibitions, and is today a “studio en plein air” for painters, artists and photographers who are drawn to its unique point of view. The Pont des Arts is also frequently a spot for picnics during the summer. More on Passerelle des Arts

Jean Dufy (b Le Havre, France, 1888; d La Boissière, 1964) French Painter. Following his service in the military, from 1910-1912, Jean Dufy relocated to Paris. Inspired by the work of Braque and Picasso, Dufy created watercolors that expressed a heightened understanding of color and light. In the mid-1920s, Jean Dufy became captivated by the music of the time, such as Darius Millaud and Francis Poulenc, and incorporated this interest into his artwork. While depicting orchestral and musical subjects, Dufy later became enchanted by the coast of Northern France and began to create majestic and effecting landscapes. Throughout the 1950s Dufy explored Western Europe and North America, but inevitably returned to his watercolors and oils of Paris. Just two months after the death of his wife, Ismérie, Jean Dufy died in 1964 in La BoissiereMore Jean Dufy

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Eugène Galien-Laloue, Communiantes a Paris 01 Painting, Streets of Paris, by the artists of their time, Part 66 – With Footnotes

EUGÈNE GALIEN-LALOUE
Eugène Galien-Laloue, French, 1854-1941
Communiantes a Paris
Gouache over pencil on paper
30.5 by 18.5cm., 12 by 7½in.
Private collection

Communicants are people who partake or are entitled to partake of the Eucharist; a member of a church.

Eugène Galien-Laloue (1854–1941) was a French artist of French-Italian parents and was born in Paris on December 11, 1854. He was a populariser of street scenes, usually painted in autumn or winter. His paintings of the early 1900s accurately represent the era in which he lived: a happy, bustling Paris, la Belle Époque, with horse-drawn carriages, trolley cars and its first omnibuses. Galien-Laloue’s works are valued not only for their contribution to 20th-century art, but for the actual history, which they document. His work can be seen at the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Louvier; Musée des Beaux-Arts, La Rochelle; Mulhouse, France.

A typical Galien-Laloue painting depicts sidewalks and avenues crowded with people or tourists mingling before the capital’s monuments. He also painted the landscapes of Normandy and Seine-et-Marne, as well as military scenes he was commissioned to produce in 1914. The Republic of France selected Galien-Laloue to work as a ‘war artist,’ both during the Franco-Prussian War and World War I, chiefly in watercolor. More on Eugène Galien-Laloue



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Pierre Bonnard, Rue Tholozé 01 Painting, Streets of Paris, by the artists of their time, Part 65 – With Footnotes

Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947)
Pierre Bonnard, (1867-1947)
Rue Tholozé, c. 1915
Oil on canvas
21 7/8 x 15 1/8 in. (55.5 x 38.3 cm.)
Private collection

Tholozé Street is one of the trendy streets of the Abbesses district. It owes it’s celebrity to it’s proximity to Montmartre, and  the Moulin de la Galette. This street, 185 meters long and 8 meters wide, owes its name to a general who was famous during the conquest of Algeria, Henri Alexis Tholozé (1781-1853).

Pierre Bonnard (3 October 1867 — 23 January 1947) was a French painter and printmaker, as well as a founding member of the Post-Impressionist group of avant-garde painters Les Nabis. Bonnard preferred to work from memory, using drawings as a reference, and his paintings are often characterized by a dreamlike quality. The intimate domestic scenes, for which he is perhaps best known, often include his wife Marthe de Meligny.

Bonnard has been described as “the most thoroughly idiosyncratic of all the great twentieth- century painters”, and the unusual vantage points of his compositions rely less on traditional modes of pictorial structure than voluptuous color, poetic allusions and visual wit. Identified as a late practitioner of Impressionism in the early 20th century, Bonnard has since been recognized for his unique use of color and his complex imagery. More on Pierre Bonnard

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Jean Dufy, Vue de Paris 01 Painting, Streets of Paris, Part 64 – With Footnotes

 

Jean Dufy (1888-1964)2 (1)
Jean Dufy, (1888-1964)
Vue de Paris
Oil on canvas
20 ½ x 26 3/8 in (52 x 66.9 cm.)
Private collectio

Jean Dufy (b Le Havre, France, 1888; d La Boissière, 1964) French Painter. Following his service in the military, from 1910-1912, Jean Dufy relocated to Paris. Inspired by the work of Braque and Picasso, Dufy created watercolors that expressed a heightened understanding of color and light. In the mid-1920s, Jean Dufy became captivated by the music of the time, such as Darius Millaud and Francis Poulenc, and incorporated this interest into his artwork. While depicting orchestral and musical subjects, Dufy later became enchanted by the coast of Northern France and began to create majestic and effecting landscapes. Throughout the 1950s Dufy explored Western Europe and North America, but inevitably returned to his watercolors and oils of Paris. Just two months after the death of his wife, Ismérie, Jean Dufy died in 1964 in La Boissiere. More Jean Dufy

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Jean Beraud, French, Carrefour Drouot 01 Painting, Streets of Paris, Part 67 – With Footnotes

Jean Beraud
Jean Beraud, French, 1834-1935
Carrefour Drouot (Drouot Crossroads), circa 1887
Oil on canvas
15 3/8 x 22 1/4 inches (39 x 56.5 cm)
Private collection

The rue Drouot was created in the early eighteenth century, but it was extended in the second half of the nineteenth century, following the “Haussmannization” of Paris. The street housed many “magasins de nouveautés”, as well as the famous Hôtel Drouot, which, to this day, is the most renowned auction gallery in the French capital city. More on Carrefour Drouot

Jean Béraud (January 12, 1849 – October 4, 1935) was a French painter, noted for his paintings of Parisian life during the Belle Époque. He was renowned in Paris society due to his numerous paintings depicting the life of Paris, and the nightlife of Paris society. He also painted religious subjects in a contemporary setting. Pictures of the Champs Elysees, cafeés, Montmartre and the banks of the Seine are precisely detailed illustrations of everyday Parisian era of the “Belle Époque”. More Jean Béraud

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