Jean is a little under the weather this weekend with the sniffles, so I took a walk by myself to Musee Carnavalet. The Hotel Carnavalet is a mixture of architecture from 1548 to 1866, when the City of Paris extended it around the courtyard to make more room for the museum. It is dedicated to the history of Paris and includes recreated rooms from different eras, sculptures, and over 2000 paintings. I apologize for the quality of the photos. Musee Carnavalet is not an art gallery, which is reflected in how the paintings are or are not lighted. I had to get some weird angles to minimize reflections from bad lighting and some paintings weren’t lit at all. Despite that I wanted to show some that inspire me.
I was particularly interested in paintings of street scenes. These provide a good exercise in perspective and I want to try my hand at some. Abel Truchet, caught my eye. One room featured a small grouping of his Paris street scenes from the Victorian Era. I love his loose style, the wonderful way he captures figures and motions, and his colorful palatte.
I have included one other painting in the slide show below that just made me smile. It also is a wonderful example of painting a figure. Both the woman and the cat are beautifully rendered in a modern style. The artist is Robert Humblot.
Now I will get out my paints. Perhaps soon I will have some paintings to share. Au revoir!