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La Fête Nationale au Boulevard Clichy (The national holiday on the Boulevard Clichy)

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Félix Buhot (aka Félix-Hilaire)

(Valognes, France, 1847 - 1898, Paris, France)

La Fête Nationale au Boulevard Clichy (The national holiday on the Boulevard Clichy), 1878
Etching on laid paper
12 3/8 x 9 1/4 in. (31.43 x 23.5 cm)

Creation Place: Europe, French
Technique: Etching
Credit Line: Gift of Gerard R. Pomerat
Accession Number: P80.322

Bibliography
Claire Nettleton, Parisian Ecologies: The City Transformed in Nineteenth-Century Prints and Drawings at the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College (Claremont: Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College, 2022), 75 illustrated/color.
Marjorie Harth Beebe,
Printmaking in France, 1850-1900
(Claremont: Montgomery Art Gallery, 1982), 25.
B. 127

Commentary
Label for "Parisian Ecologies: The City Transformed in Nineteenth-Century Prints and Drawings" March 24 - June 25, 2022

After the fall of the Second Empire, the Third Republic (1870–1914) was characterized by relative stability, gradual increases in industry, and continued struggles regarding national identity and class structures. In this etching, Buhot depicts the celebration of a national holiday on June 30 (officially moved to July 14 or “Bastille Day” in 1880) on the Boulevard Clichy in his neighborhood of Montmartre, from which he often drew inspiration. The artist is known for his remarque (border), which suggests multiple events and timeframes, and how he incorporated the rural—such as horses and pets—into the urbanized city.

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  • Image Dimensions: 12 3/8 x 9 1/4 in. (31.43 x 23.5 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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