A Paris Street
Eugène Béjot ( French, 1867 - 1931 )
In this etching, Eugène Béjot explores one of the new vistas created by Georges-Eugène Haussmann’s renovation of Paris in the second half of the 19th century. Razing the city’s cramped streets and medieval-era quarters, Haussmann introduced open squares and wide, tree-lined boulevards. Here we are positioned above the street, looking down at the tiny figures and carriages dotting the avenue. This unusual perspective was first explored in painting in the early 1870s by the Impressionist Claude Monet.
Nicole Myers, DMA label copy, 2017.