Lot 7
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Edmond Grandjean

200,000 - 300,000 GBP
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  • Edmond Grandjean
  • Le Boulevard des Italiens
  • signed and dated E. Grandjean / 1876 lower left
  • oil on canvas
  • 77 by 126cm., 30 by 49½in.


Richard Green, London
Sale: Sotheby's, New York, 28th October 1982, lot 52
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner


Paris, Salon, 1876, no. 945

Catalogue Note

A spectacular depiction of life along one of Paris’ four grands boulevards, the present work captures the city in the early years of the Belle Époque. Struck first by the coach appearing to move out of the picture plane, the eye then moves across a wealth of observed details: from the ‘H’ line coach of the Compagnie générale des omnibus emerging from the Rue de Richelieu on the left, resting bootblack and man carrying a canvas on his back (possibly a self-portrait of the artist), to the lady stepping cautiously into the street on the right, holding aloft her parasol.

While the Haussmanian architecture and wide tree-lined boulevard remains recognisable today, the buildings to the right of the scene were subsequently demolished to connect the top of the Boulevard des Italiens to the Boulevard Haussmann, which was not completed until 1922. A number of the boulevard’s celebrated cafés disappeared in the 20th century to be replaced by banks, however the Café du Cardinal visible on the left remains to this day, its entrance then as now surmounted by a bust of Cardinal Richelieu.

The Boulevard des Italiens was later celebrated in landscapes by Gustave Caillebotte, and above all in Camille Pissarro’s series of views of 1897.