Posts Tagged ‘Boilly’

Boilly Pass and Pay

Boilly’s Passez Payez (Pass and Pay)

This is another Paris street scene by our friend Louis-Leopold Boilly. As always, the artist has much to tell us beyond the depiction of an everyday incident. This takes place in 1803, when the streets of Paris were still mostly unpaved. Any rain shower turned them into torrents of mud. But there the poorest of the […]



Charles Perrault

Monsieur Perrault and his fairy tales

You seem to have enjoyed my Halloween Cinderella, which, added to my own inclination to do so, is reason enough to dedicate a series of posts to Perrault’s fairytales. But first we should meet the author. Charles Perrault was born in Paris in 1628 into a family of wealthy bourgeois. As befitted his status, he […]



Boilly The Arrival of the Stagecoach

The Arrival of the Stagecoach, by Louis-Léopold Boilly

This will be the second post in a probably long series dedicated to Louis-Léopold Boilly. After specializing in interior genre scenes such as The Sorrows of Love, Boilly felt the need to switch to depictions of urban life. Apart from the artistic merit of his compositions, he offers us a direct, candid view of Paris […]



Boilly Sorrows of Love

The Sorrows of Love, by Louis-Léopold Boilly

Boilly, during his long and life and career, was the unparalleled witness of everyday life in France in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. I used several of his paintings as direct inspirations for scenes of my second novel, For the King. I love his down-to-earth style, his sense of observation and humor. And of […]



Boilly Peasants

Cottage life in 18th century France

Many thanks to Dani, of A work in Progress, for giving me the idea of this post on the early years of Gabrielle, the heroine of Mistress of the Revolution, with her wet nurse, Mamé Laborde. My heroine spent the first years of her life in a cottage similar to the one depicted above by Boilly. […]