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Our Lady of Paris in paintings

Our Lady of Paris (Notre-Dame de Paris) which was on fire last Monday. Watching the spire collapsing was surreal. I have been to this cathedral a couple of times and each time could not help but wondering how it was during the French revolution, the Protests of 1968 and other milestones events occured in the city. How often did Victor Hugo visit it while writing the Hunchback of Notre-Dame.

Then I realised, many painters have immortalized Notre-Dame de Paris, including the spire, in their paintings. Here is my selection.

Notre-Dame de Paris in pointilism style from Maximilien Luce 1900.

Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo’s husband made this one in 1909.

The detailed etching of Charles Meryon of the interior of the church from 1853.

Childe Hassam, American impressionist, painted this during his visit to Paris in 1888.

And there come the last three of this selection. They belong to renowned cityscapers of Paris who lived in the same era.

Édouard Cortès made a whole series of les Bouquinistes (booksellers) along the Seine with Notre-Dame de Paris in the background. Édouard Cortès is one of my fave cityscapers of Paris. I wrote about him and his painting series of the city.

Eugène Galien-Laloue painted this in 1941. He was specialized in cityscapes of Paris. Galien-Laloue depicted beautiful corners of Paris with its inhabitants doing their daily activities. Most Galien-Laloue’s works are in small format, in water colour, gouache or sketch.

Closing this post with a wintery cityscape of the Bouquinistes on the Seine river bank with Our Lady of Paris in the background from Antoine Blanchard. Blanchard’s style and angle show similarities with that of Cortès and Galien-Laloue. From the three of them, Blanchard is the youngest.

The next 4 – 5 years this edifice would be closed for renovation. I am very curious how it will look like after it is finished.

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