Eye Candy for Today: Marie-Francois Firmin-Girard’s market

Autumn Market at Les Halles, Marie-Francois Firmin-Girard
Autumn Market at Les Halles (details), Marie-Francois Firmin-Girard

Autumn Market at Les Halles, Marie-François Firmin-Girard; oil on canvas, roughly 33 x 46″ (83 x 117 cm). Link is to page on Wikimedia Commons, with access to high-res file. Original is in a private collection.

19th century French painter Marie-François Firmin-Girard (alternately, François-Marie Firmin-Girard) worked in a naturalistic, often highly detailed manner that carried forward traditional values and resisted the influence of the Impressionists that eventually swayed many of his contemporaries.

Here, he provides an intricate presentation of a bustling Paris market, awash in detail, yet visually organized by his use of value and muted color.

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