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My artist’s heart beats faster in Montmartre, surrounded as I am by the heritage of giants. When I set up my easel and canvas on the sidewalks of what was – a century ago – the artistic capital of the world, I know that I follow in the steps of Toulouse-Lautrec, Manet, and all the others who made this section of Paris the symbol of the artistic lifestyle. Happily, Parisian women still stroll the boulevards with parasols in hand, so that my Montmartre retains its historic flavor.
- Montmartre is in the first set of paintings from Thomas Kinkade’s Robert Girrard Collection to be released since 2002.
- Montmartre depicts the Place du Tertre – one of the loveliest squares in Paris. Painters from Auguste Renoir to Vincent Van Gogh have flocked to this famous artist’s mecca for generations.
- The suburb of Montmartre is also the home of the great basilica of Notre-Dame du Sacre-Coeur. Inaugurated in 1891, this house of God stood at the highest point of the hill, spreading physical and spiritual light over the entire city.
- For a period of six years, Thom painted under the brush name of Robert Girrard from 1984 to 1989: “I wanted to reinvent academic styles – implementing my own use of light. Impressionism was an avenue that beckoned that pursuit.”
|Subject Location||Place du Tertre Square in Montmartre in Paris, France|
|Collection||Robert Girrard Collection|
16" x 12"
24" x 18"
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