This painting completed on location shows the Rue de Rivoli that runs along the north wing of the Musée du Louvre. This street was built at the time of Napoleon 1er and is famous for its arcaded facades that extend up to the Place de la Concorde.
Rue de Rivoli – Oil on linen canvas (24 x 18 cm) by Benoit Philippe
I painted this work standing, my pochade box resting on top of the stone of the balusters that enclose the Louvre museum. Rain was clearing away and the sky still heavy with grey clouds.
The wet surface of pavement and the street was catching the reflection of the buildings, the car red lights and the tourists on the sidewalk.
oil painting plein air painting Paris Rue de Rivoli cityscape