“View of Notre Dame from Ile Saint Louis”
The cathedral of Notre Dame is unarguably one of the most recognized landmarks of Paris. Here it peers out from behind a small brasserie at the end of the Ile de la Cité. Actually, this painting was not painted from the Ile Saint Louis – it was done from the small bridge connecting the two islands. I initially liked the stark contrasts of the building and awning against the dark background – as well as the dark, almost abstract spaces inside the brasserie. Notre Dame is easily identified by its large windows and flying buttresses. The red do-not-enter sign adds a touch of lively color to the scene as well as complementing the predominately green foliage around it. I added the figures to give life to the structures at the same time keeping them suggestive and somewhat abstract.On weekends, this is a busy little corner of Paris. Musicians and street performers entertain crowds on the bridge while others either bask in the sun, watch the boat traffic cruise by underneath, sip wine or coffee at a café, or go for ice cream at Berthillon. It’s a perfect place for people watching and passing away the hours on a Sunday afternoon.
Limited edition, signed giclée prints of “View of Notre Dame from Ile Saint Louis”, by Robert Leedy, 2003, are available.
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- July 13, 2007 / 8:12 am
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