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Rainy day in Paris. Notre Dame Cathedral

Painting, 1910, 81×66 cm

Description of the artwork «Rainy day in Paris. Notre Dame Cathedral»

Rainy day in Paris – perfect albert Marquet plot. It Paris gray. But this dullness – soft, calm, alluring, in any case not doomed and hopeless.

The banks of the Seine, the graceful arches of the bridges, Notre-Dame de Paris – your personal Brand. The artist rented an apartment on the fifth floor and often wrote by the window, so many of his cityscapes represent the view from the top. And in this case – not just from above, but with a bias, a kind of slide for the eyes: gaze immediately slides across the pavement into the canvas.

In the foreground the embankment, walking on the wet sidewalk Parisians, the corner of the house. But the semantic center of the composition – the Notre Dame Cathedral, whose bulk rises in the background. Light, almost transparent street is limited to the squat, dark silhouette of the Notre-Dame de Paris, and the look like falls into it. Confused, a few moments, seeking a way out, then hurries back to the surface, to the foreground and detail over sees the whole picture.

We see buildings jammed the square outside the Cathedral, pedestrians, passing away, the crew, the crane. The corner of the building in the foreground is a man walking against the wind blowing off it in the direction of the Small bridge. Thus, the viewer's eye simultaneously sees the whole picture and at the same time, moving inside her, which in combination creates a special depth of perception.

In urban landscapes of the Marche in an amazing way connected detachment and lyricism. Marche is not impressionist. He writes rainy day in Paris, and its not from him, but the feelings that this day and this town is his cause, we feel.

After a few exhibitions where I presented some of his landscapes, the critics started talking about this phenomenon as "Paris Stamp". His images of the French capital compared with the works of the Impressionists and Maurice Utrillo and said that only they were able so soulful and lyrically show in Paris.

Author: Alain Esaulova
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About the artwork

Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Urban landscape

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 1910

Size: 81×66 cm

Artwork in selections: 11 selections