Arts Everyday Living: The Art of Paris at Night–From Cafe Corners to the Seine in Moonlight



Pierre Bonnard, Montmartre in the Rain, 1897, oil on paper on panel, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands


I love the night passionately.

Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893)


Frank Myers Boggs, Quai a la Seine, au Clair de Lune, Paris, 1898, oil on canvas, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas


He who contemplates the depths of Paris is seized with vertigo.  Nothing is more fantastic.  Nothing is more tragic.  Nothing is more sublime.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885)


Theodore Earl Butler, Place de Rome at Night, 1905, oil on canvas, Terra Foundation of American Art, Chicago, Illinois


Night came on, the lamps were lighted, the tables near him found occupants, and Paris began to wear that peculiar evening look of hers…

Henry James (1843-1916)


What could be more inspiring than Paris at night!  French artist Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) plus Americans Frank Myers-Boggs (1855-1926) and Theodore Earl Butler (1861-1936) offer us their unique interpretations.






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