Marquet moved in the Fauve circle, which influenced his loose handling of colour and broad brushwork. However, he generally preferred quieter colour tones than those used by his contemporaries. In this cityscape of Paris, the street lantern is the focal point in this downward view onto an urban square, 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.