So this painting was completed in 1877, 59 years after the last Austen novels were published. It has nothing to do with them or Regency times. And the capper, it is set in Paris!
So even though it has nothing to do with any of that, I felt like sharing it because whenever I look at it it always makes me think of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth, even though they didn’t have any boulevards and probably wouldn’t sped their weekend strolling along that way but would be in a carriage or be walking in the roads/lanes outside.
It also makes me think of Anne and when she and Captain Wentworth walk together.
This painting was done by Gustave Caillebotte. It is an Impressionist painting, a scene of modern everyday life. It’s not as fluid or fast stroked as the others, being more “realistic” in the brushstrokes.
In the painting we see the modern day of the city, the new boulevards, buildings, paved cobblestones, etc.
Most people would go on these new boulevards for walks, to relax, see and be seen by society-rich and middle class alike.
So what do you all think? Can you see it too, or do you think I’m just stretching things and including a picture I love?
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