Paris under the snow…

This year we did not even wait until December to find Paris and much of Northern France under a thick coat of snow. Traffic is totally gridlocked in and around the capital. This promises us a harsh winter, and a white Christmas!


Luigi Loir: Paris under the snow

I love this very evocative painting by French artist Luigi Loir (late 19th-early 20th centuries.)

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17 Comments to “Paris under the snow…”

  1. Newt Barrett says:

    This painting is now the featured picture on my Facebook page.
    I love Paris anytime of year.
    Joyeux noel!

  2. Penny says:

    sorry Genevieve, but NY1 was bias that way. i can’t wait for the hearings and to see who blames who besides the unions. Monday is the big day for hearings. any other cities in Europe go through this blame game?

  3. No, Manhatten was not done in one day, but you don’t know until you drive. Four days later, returning from Ct, I was stuck on a side street on the Upper West Side and had to drive in reverse an entire block. When I got to Columbus Ave, I passed a stuck van, and a snow-plow was ploughing the avenue! When accusations arose about union leaders, I believed them, through experience.

  4. Penny says:

    well, we got the snow and the disaster, It was awful people died because 911 got behind on the calls and Southern Brooklyn was not plowed for 3 days but Manhattan was done in one. 20inches of snow fell. and they are behind on the garbage as well.
    it is snowing again Friday.

  5. PS do you know which part of Paris is depicted in the painting?

  6. Thank you for sharing this beautiful painting, Catherine! I wish I were in Paris, or Paris in the painting!

  7. gorgeous photo.

    I’ve never been in Paris during a snow. It must be magical.

  8. Sorry to hear you are sick, Penny! Get well soon…

  9. Penny says:

    reminds me of NYC, just hope it does not snow anytime soon, i am not that fond of it Love looking at it but not skiing or dealing with it But it is a beautiful scene.
    Penny from her sick bed

  10. Thanks, Ellen, Diana and Susan!
    Kate, I love Paris in spring and fall (let’s say until late October.) Summers can be hot and overcrowded. Bon voyage!

  11. Kate Warren says:

    Lovely painting. I’ve never been to Paris. Which season do you think shows the city at it’s best, Catherine? Or perhaps which is your favorite?

  12. Love this painting. Not only does Loir capture the snow on the ground, but also that peculiar golden light and sky that mark the end of a snowstorm.

    Snow does snarl modern traffic, but can’t you switch to one of those cunning Boucher sleighs? *g*

  13. Oh, Catherine, do you know my favorite painting at the Getty – Monet’s Road to Louveciennes, Melting Snow at Sunset? I bet it’s a favorite of yours too. The colors are so similar, yet so unlike anything I’ve ever seen in life: it must be something peculiar to France, and both artists, of different times and with different styles, have captured it. Here are a couple of shots of the Monet:


  14. Elisa says:

    I’m reading Alistair Horne’s “Seven Ages of Paris” at the moment. There are descriptions of Paris during the winter.

  15. ellen moody says:

    Me too. It’s so beautiful. We must forget how cold the air is Ellen

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