"Gare St Lazare" Paris Off The Beaten Path Tip by sourbugger

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  Gare St Lazare - Monet
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Several years ago, I was in Paris with my then girlfiend (and as it happens future wife). We both stood in front of Monet's famous painting of the Gare St lazare and remarked at the same time that it was our own favourite painting.

I suspect she saw the technique of of an impressionist master in it, whilst I just probably like the steam trains.

Monet himself did several paintings there, setting up his easel on the platform. He presumbly saw the station as a kind of Cathedral to the Modern movement - and thus appropriate to the new style of painting.

You can still see (roughly) the same scene at the station today. The roof has been extended since Monet's day, the trains are now of course electric and the docks at the rear of the station have disappeared - but it is still recognisiably the same place.

Manet also did a famous painting in the same location, which is also shown here.

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  • Updated Sep 22, 2005
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