Chapter 13 – The Woman in the Storeroom
Mère Lessard spoke of him in alternate tones of adoration and disdain. One moment he was so pure and heroic that no man could ever live up to his memory, the next a feckless, irresponsible dreamer who should serve as an example of how far a man-turned-firebringer could fall from grace.
Murer the Baker – Pierre August Renoir – 1877 (The Baker upon whom Pere Lessard is based.
He was running the bakery, going to school, taking his painting lessons at Monsieur Renoir’s studio around the corner—too much for just a boy
Saint Monet of Le Havre,
Saint Cezanne of Aix,
Saint Pissarro of Auvers,
Saint Renoir of Paris
It was too early for them to have gone down to Père Tanguy’s shop in Pigalle
Moulin Rouge and Place Pigalle in the Snow – Antoine Blanchard – 1906
“It was midwinter, and it had been snowing for two days. We could see smoke from Papa’s stove from the window and little more.
View of Paris Roofs in the Snow – Gustave Callebotte – 1878
Paris in the Snow – Paul Gauguin – 1894
Cézanne and Pissarro pounded on the studio door but got no answer.