The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Patrick Faucheur, great-grandson of the artist, and Victoire Baron who will be including this in the forthcoming Firmin-Girard catalogue raisonné.
Painted circa 1900.
A quintessential view of Paris on a summer's evening, the present work presents a wealth of details, from the young child waving to boats on the river, the horse-drawn omnibus crossing the Pont de l'Archevêché, and even an early cyclist just visible to the left. After a time living in Fontainebleau in the company of his fellow artists, Firmin-Girard returned to Paris and took up the Parisian views exemplified by his masterpiece Quai aux fleurs of 1875 (sold Sotheby's New York, 9 May 2014).
The panel is flat, even, and ensuring a stable support. There is some minor frame rubbing with one associated small spot of flaking in the centre of the upper framing edge. Inspection under ultra-violet light reveals no visible sign of retouching. This work appears to be in good original condition and is ready to hang.
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