Oil on canvas
33 x 26 ½ inches
39 ½ x 33 ½ inches framed
Signed and located lower left: A. Truchet La rue Lepic
Private collection, Paris
In La Rue Lepic Abel-Truchet depicts an ordinary daytime scene with humans and their accompanying pursuits marginalized to the side of the canvas, leaving the vast middle ground a veritable empty street scene. In this work Abel-Truchet employs what is referred to as a “white-based” palette, which is rare. This “white-based” application further emphasizes the differences in subject matter in this painting with Abel-Truchet’s more familiar nighttime café scenes of Paris, Montmartre, Monte Carlo, and Avignon. In this example the artist as a “blonde Impressionist” has employed a modicum of detail to capture as well as to emphasize the atmosphere, the ambience of a part of Paris remote from the gaiety of the cafés and the stylishness of a night at the opera. On the outskirts of Paris, at the time the hub of advances in the arts, medicine, transportation, and fashion, lays this small haven inhabited by the common people and artists of the day. Artists like Abel-Truchet were successful in capturing the fin-de-siècle feel of Paris with all its opulence and hope for a brighter future which still holds an allure to buyers to this day. Here Abel-Truchet shows that he can also capture the simpler parts of a city that at the time was the center of the western world.