The central challenge of history painting lay in selecting a particular subject that could engage the heart and instruct the mind. Grand settings and symbolic accessories proved the artist’s grasp of perspective depth and still-life draftsmanship. Compositions and color schemes had to be carefully conceived to accentuate the principal characters and to clarify the meanings of the incidents. National Gallery
01 Painting, Streets of Paris, by the artists of their time, Part 60 - With Footnotes
Léon Zeytline (1885 - 1962) Le boulevard de Bonne-Nouvelle au théâtre du Gymnase/ The boulevard de Bonne-Nouvelle at the Théâtre du Gymnase Oil on canvas 65 x 100 cm Private collection
The Théâtre du Gymnase or Théâtre du Gymnase Marie Bell, is a theatre in Paris. Inaugurated on 23 December 1820 by Delestre-Poirson, the théâtre du Gymnase came to serve as a training-theatre for students of the conservatoire. In 1824 the theatre was granted the title of théâtre de Madame.
The boulevard Bonne Nouvelle sits at the edge of the 2 e and 10 th arrondissements of Paris. It is part of the chain of Grands Boulevards constituted, from west to east. The boulevard was built on the edge of the former bastion of the hill of Bonne-Nouvelle on the side of the hillock of gravois. More on The boulevard Bonne Nouvelle
Leon Zeytline, (1885 -1962), was a Russian painter who moved from Moscow to the capital of France at the beginning of the 20th century. He started depicting daily life of Paris during the 1920's, illustrating the numerous and famous squares and boulevards, such as the "Boulevard de l'Opéra" and "Les Champs Elysées". His work is very detailed in an architectural manner with multiple personages that makes it quite a commercial subject. His work can be compared to the oeuvre of his contemporaries Edouard Cortès and Eugène Galien-Laloue. One of his masterpieces can be found back in the collection of "Musée Carnavalet" in Paris. More on Leon Zeytline