Chapter 18 – Trains in Time
“Why don’t you just drink out of the bottle?” Lucien called after him.
Portrait of Heni de Toulouse-Lautrec – Giovanni Boldini-1889
“Are you secretly aroused by the nuns at school?” asked Henri.
Paris Street Scene – Childe Hassam – 1889
A couple of reasons I included this picture, besides it had a nun in it. First is just a glimpse of one of the horse-drawn double-decker omnibuses to the left. The other is that it is painted by one of the few American Impressionists, Childe Hassam. Hassam traveled to Paris and was painting there around the time of the story. I don’t think this is actually a street scene, to be honest. It looks more like it’s taking place in one of the parks, either Jardin du Luxembourg, or near the Tullaries, which is next to the Louvre and runs all the way to the Champs Elysées. (You can tell by the white macadam, which still paves the parks today.) You can see a lot of Hassam’s work at The Gallery of American Art in Washington, D.C. (Adjacent the National Portrait Gallery).
“It is a train station. It’s Gare Saint-Lazare. I have been carrying three easels and a paint box for Monsieur Monet