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Museum: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Today's Hours
Museum: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Gardens: 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
L'Arc de Triomphe
The Fauvist influence on LArc de Triomphe is evident in the strong, dark outlines of form surmounted by splashes and broad strokes of brilliant color. Edoaurd-Lon Edy-Legrand created a highly personal scene blending the Impressionist imperative of painting ones own time with the expressionistic color of the Fauves to depict one of the iconic images of France, boldly placing it in the background in order to fill his image with the foliage of the trees along the avenues, the modern apartment building, and the rush of humanity along the street that characterize the daily life of Paris in his time. Born in Bordeaux as Edouard-Lon-Louis Warschawsky, the artist trained in Geneva, Paris, and Munich. He first made his mark as an illustrator, writing and painting an enormously influential (and today rare and valuable) childrens book, Macao et Cosmage. The brightly colored illustrations in pochoir, a technique informed by Fauvism and jazz, was revolutionary in turning childrens illustrations from the Victorian work of Dulac and Rackham to a decidedly modernist style. In 1932, he was chosen, along with Picasso, Matisse, and Derain, to represent France at the Chicagos World Fair.