Bob Baker, “Place Dauphine, Paris” (2018)

21 Jul

0F0E51C1-B915-4ACD-9D45-FFF7550BA445Bob Baker, Place Dauphine, Paris (2018)

Just returned from a week in Paris with my daughter Emily and have many paintings to work on!  This one depicts Place Dauphine, a great little spot on Ile de la Cite in the shadow of Notre Dame.

Commissioned by Henry IV in 1607, Place Dauphine is literally at the heart of Paris.  “Kilometer One,” as they say there.  It comprises an atrium surrounding an outdoor park.  The park is surrounded by residences and cafes, including the one where Emily and I dined — La Rose de France.  Highly recommended spot with the best tarragon chicken I’ve had in about a dozen years.

Em and I arrived at Place Dauphine around 8:30 p.m.  As some of you know, Paris in summer stays light until nearly 10:00 p.m.  At 8:30 it was still light out but the sun was waning, bathing everything in a nice warm light.  Irresistible, and I didn’t resist.  The walker came along at just the right moment to land in an oil painting.

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