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Rainy Dusk, Paris

The beauty of the City of Lights is timeless. The same iridescent dazzle that inspired the Impressionist masters greets me when, in my Robert Girrard persona, I set up my easel. In Rainy Dusk, Paris I paint on a busy promenade where the residue of a light rain enlivens the colors of store-fronts and street lamps without slowing any of the foot traffic. Parisians shop the kiosks and sip their café au lait at their beloved outdoor tables.

In some ways, when I put on my beret and paint as Robert Girrard, I feel transported back in time to the era of Monet and Renoir. Perhaps that is why the nostalgic costumes and vintage cars of Rainy Dusk, Paris seem so very right. The deep mauve of a damp dusk colors the buildings a rich purple and enriches the rainbow hues of Paris. My brush dances over the canvas with an energy that reflects the life of the city.

  • In Rainy Day, Paris Thomas Kinkade transports us back in time to the era of Monet and Renoir.
  • Rainy Day, Paris had Thom put on his beret and paint as Robert Girrard. In this work, Thom feels transported to the Impressionist era, which is perhaps why the nostalgic costumes and vintage cars seem so right.
  • In the background of Rainy Dusk, Paris you can see the Madeleine Church located at the Place de la Madeleine in Paris.
  • 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.”
Title Rainy Dusk, Paris
Published November 2007
Subject Location Madeleine Church in Place de la Madeleine, Paris
Collection Robert Girrard Collection
Classification Robert Girrard

Image Size

16" x 20"

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