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River Seine

Impressionism has always seemed to me a most romantic painting style – so emotionally charged and so free.

When I first put on my beret and assumed my Robert Girrard persona, the circumstances certainly were romantic. My young family’s first visit to Paris was accomplished on a shoestring – we lived on the streets for five days in a borrowed RV until the gendarme asked us to move on. During those five days, I set up my canvas in the open air and painted feverishly. The bold strokes and evocative colors of those early Plein Air paintings were my earliest experiments with the Impressionist style.

I painted River Seine with my easel on a bridge – much like the one in the canvas – overlooking Paris’ great river. The Seine is a busy body of water; tug boats and barges and pleasure boats move commerce and people along its banks. The warm light of dusk seemed to draw me into the heart of the City of Light. I used broken colors and broad strokes to evoke the emotional response to my beloved Paris that still touches me so many years later.

  • The Seine is a major river running through Paris across north-western France. It is a favorite venue from which to see the City of Light, tourists love to view the sights of Paris from the glass-covered decks of les Bateaux-Mouches that traverse this beloved waterway.
  • During the 19th and 20th centuries, many other artists were inspired to paint the river Seine – including Joseph Mallord William Turner, Camille Corot, and Claude Monet.
  • Paris evokes an emotional response for all who have visited there; and for Thomas Kinkade the Painter of Light, the City of Light presents innumerable opportunities to explore the effect and nuance of light in all tis glorious forms.
  • 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 River Seine
Published July 2006
Subject Location River Seine in Paris, France
Collection Robert Girrard Collection
Classification Robert Girrard

Image Sizes

12" x 16"
18" x 24"

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