Spring Morning in Place Charles De Gaulle Paris 23cm x 31cm Original Oil on Primed Belgian Linen by
Place Charles de Gaulle, historically known as Place de l’Etoile (Square of Stars) is a large junction in Paris, the meeting point of twelve straight avenues including the beautiful Avenue des Champs Elysees. In 1970, following the death of President Charles de Gaulle, the Place was renamed to honour France’s former President. At its centre is the Arc de Triomphe commissioned by Napoleon in 1805 to commemorate his victory in the Battle of Austerlix. Completed in 1836 this famous landmark is now the customary starting point for victory celebrations and parades. A misty Spring morning in Paris and the silvery light is seen reflected in the pavements on the Avenue de Friendland while in the background the sun’s rays are filtering through the rainclouds and highlighting the stonework of the Arc de Triomphe.
Originally the mound that was known as Roule Hill, which is now the square, was a point where several hunting trails converged and during the latter part of the 1700s roads were constructed and the paved area here formed a star like shape that can still be seen today. The name chosen was Place de l’Etoile and etoile means star in English, which is rather apt considering there are twelve straight Avenues that all start from this square in Paris in a completely symmetrical pattern, and therefore when looking from above it is like the lights shining out from a star. You can probably appreciate that there is actually no pedestrian access to the square by crossing any of these intersections, and please do not attempt it, it is far too dangerous and sheer stupidity for anyone to try, as this is one of the largest intersections in the world. So, how do you get to visit the famous Arc de Triomphe? Well, you will be pleased to know that there is an underground tunnel for pedestrians to visit this famous monument in Paris,