Monet’s Train Station is a 24x18 oil by Shirley Fachilla
My husband and I went to Paris a couple of years ago. It was a wonderful trip made in the grey of winter. I can report that
that beautiful city, is lovely in winter. It’s a panorama of greys with rare
splashes of color made all the more interesting by the surrounding neutrals.
I took many, many photos. Now during this
winter, I have wanted to remember the beautiful greys of Paris.
So I’m using my photos as painting references.
I made quite a few in the St. Lazare train station, a favorite for Monet. In fact, he rented a small apartment nearby so he could paint the station at different times of the day and thus in different light situations.
St. Lazare no longer plays host to steam powered trains as it did then, but the station itself is still very much the place he painted with its huge glass gables, ironwork and stream of passengers, most so very, very French from stylish Parisians to others just in from the countryside.
This particular painting of mine features one of the stylish city dwellers but it’s truly mostly about St. Lazare, its functional and graceful iron skeleton and its beautiful, beautiful light.