Anquetin arrived in Paris in 1882 and was soon friendly with Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec and Emile Bernard. His work reveals their influence as well as that of Degas and Japanese prints. The scene here is the intersection of the Avenue de Clichy and the Avenue de St. Ouen in Paris, near Anquetin's home in Paris. He transforms this ordinary street corner into an eerie environment through the use of color - dominant blue areas edged with gold and black contour lines - to suggest the gathering dusk and the glow of gas lamps.
Louis Anquetin (French, 1861-1932)
Avenue de Clichy, 1887
Oil and paper on canvas, 27 1/8 x 21 in.
The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1966.7
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT
Matted size: 14 x 11 in.
Image size: 9 x 7 in.