- Gustave Loiseau
- Paris, Place de l'Étoile, avenue Wagram
- Signed G Loiseau (lower left)
- Oil on canvas
- 25 5/8 by 31 7/8 in.
- 65 by 81 cm
Galerie Yves Chalvin, Lyon (and sold: Sotheby's, London, February 8, 2006, lot 419)
Acquired at the above sale
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The excitement and spectacle of the city at the fin-de-siècle is brilliantly evoked by the artist’s handling of paint and the elegant composition. As part of the ambitious reforms Napoleon III introduced during the 1860s, Haussmann was charged with masterminding a radical reconfiguration of Paris. Many parts of the medieval city were razed to provide space for an extensive grid of straight roads, avenues and boulevards. The "Haussmannization" of Paris which is celebrated today as the precursor to modern urban planning, met with admiration and scorn in equal measure at the time—not least because of the staggering 2.5 billion francs spent on the project. Haussmann’s renovations provided the perfect setting for a burgeoning middle-class, whose appetite for modern painting far outstripped that of the established aristocracy.