Arc De Triomphe Reflections on Place Charles De Gaulle, Paris 61cm x 76cm Original Oil on Primed Belgian Linen by
Ramon Ward – Thompson
Place Charles de Gaulle, historically known as Place de l’Etoile (Square of Stars) is a large road junction in Paris, the meeting point of twelve straight avenues including the beautiful Avenue des Champs Elysees. It was renamed in 1970 following the death of President Charles de Gaulle. At its centre is the Arc de Triomphe commissioned by Napoleon in 1805 to commemorate his victory in the Battle of Austerlitz. Completed in 1836 the Arc is now the customary starting point for France’s victory celebrations and parades. A Winter’s afternoon in Paris where the misty silvery light created by a recent shower is reflected in the wet pavements on Avenue Marceau and soft sunshine is filtering through the grey rainclouds and highlighting the warm stonework of this beautiful monument.