Albert Marquet

Small Square with Street Lamp, Paris

c. 1904
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.
Title
Small Square with Street Lamp, Paris
Date
c. 1904
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
60 x 73 cm
Nationality
French
Credit line
Purchased 1956
Accession number
6488