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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Beauford's Paris: Gare Saint-Lazare

The last leg of Beauford's first journey to Paris, which took place roughly 59 years ago, was by train. That train's destination was the Gare Saint-Lazare in the 9th arrondissement. Herb Gentry and Bob Blackburn met him at the station and took him to Montparnasse, where he began his life as an expatriate.

One of Beauford's favorite artists, Claude Monet, captured multiple images of Saint-Lazare station on canvas. A few of them are presented below.

Saint-Lazare Station: Arrival of a train
Claude Monet
(1877) Oil on canvas
Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, USA

The Gare Saint-Lazare
Claude Monet
(1877) Oil on canvas
National Gallery, London

Saint-Lazare Station, The Signals
Claude Monet
(1877) Oil on canvas
Niedersachsische Landesmuseum, Hannover

The painting at the Hannover museum calls to mind Beauford's fondness of representing street lamps in paintings from his New York days:

Greenwich Village
Beauford Delaney
(1945) Oil on canvas
Photo by Manu Sasoonian, from Amazing Grace

Washington Square
Beauford Delaney
(1948) Oil on canvas
Image from Pomegranate Note Card

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