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Small Square with Street-lamp, Paris, c. 1904

Albert Marquet
French, 1875 - 1947
oil on canvas
60 x 73 cm
Purchased 1956
National Gallery of Canada (no. 6488)
© Estate of Albert Marquet / SODRAC (2013)

Albert Marquet began painting cityscapes of Paris as early as 1900. He moved in the Fauve circle, which influenced his loose handling of colour and broad brushwork. However, he generally preferred quieter colour tones than his contemporaries. The street lantern is the focal point in this downward view onto an urban square, which is bathed in sunlight with long shadows falling upon the plaza. Tiny brushstrokes indicate pedestrians walking on the street. Marquet's palette of yellows, greens and greys subtly captures the effects of the glowing afternoon light.

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