Born in 1870
Title: "Arc de Triomphe, Avenue du Bois"
Date: circa 1900
Size: Height 18 inches Width 26 inches (framed)
Georges Stein's wonderful drawings of Paris at the turn of this century are justly admired for portraying the very essence of Parisian life. Stein was born in Paris in 1870 and on completion of his studies he exhibited at the Paris Salon and in London where his busy street scenes were avidly sought. Many one-man exhibitions of his work were held in London and Paris and although he worked in both oil and watercolors, his oils are considered to be his most accomplished work. He did illustrations for many of the journals of the period catching fleeting moments on the Boulevard Saint Denis, l'Arc de Triomphe, Les Grands Boulevards, etc. As with Luigi Loir and Eugene Galien-Laloue, Georges Stein painted views of Paris in a manner which carefully and intimately observed the subject matter with a directness of execution which depicted both the freshness of atmosphere and the magic of colour and light.
This present composition is quintessential Stein - a lively Paris street scene of the magnificent Arc de Triomphe and the Avenue du Bois, allowing one to catch a glimpse of elegant Parisiennes - a view which has captured the imagination of many through the decades.