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Paris under Snow, 1905-1906

Albert Marquet
French, 1875 - 1947
oil on canvas
60.2 x 73.2 cm
Purchased 1965
National Gallery of Canada (no. 14816)
© Estate of Albert Marquet / SODRAC (2013)

While preparing for the entrance exams to the École des Beaux-Arts in 1892, Marquet met Henri Matisse, who would remain a great influence in his career. "Paris under Snow" recalls the view of Notre-Dame Cathedral that Matisse would paint from his studio window as early as 1900, but Marquet uses a vantage point farther along the river, possibly from his own apartment at 25, Quai des Grands-Augustins near the Pont Saint-Michel, seen here filled with carriages and pedestrians. Cool greys dominate this scene of Paris in winter, but Marquet produces a colourist effect by varying the tones from blue to brown and using accents of red and white.

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