Under the brush of Luigi Loir, Paris becomes a seaport and delivers an original version of the famous "Maman les p'tits bateaux" nursery rhyme.
Luigi Loir (1845-1916), Paris, port de mer (Paris, Seaport), 1885, oil on canvas, 150 x 301 cm/59.05 x 118.50 in.
Luigi Loir’s charming depiction of the large basin in the Tuileries Garden fetched €289,560, a world record for the artist (source: Artnet). Entitled Paris, port de mer (Paris, Seaport), the work was shown at the Palais des Champs-Élysées in 1885, the same year it was painted. It is a panoramic view in perspective of an iconic place where children have come to play with their nannies and families for over 150 years, guiding their toy boats across the water with a stick. André Le Nôtre, the famous French landscape architect, created the pool in 1664 when Louis XIV and Colbert ordered that the garden be completely redesigned.
This delightful work faithfully captures the delicately bluish light so familiar to those who know Paris. Loir’s keen eye of observation made him the painter par excellence of the city and its people. He won a gold medal at the 1889 Universal Exhibition, for which the Eiffel Tower was built.