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Born December 15, 1832, Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel, in Djion France. A man who could cut the mustard, Eiffel designed many important bridges and viaducts. Of course, you know him well for his notable work, the Statue of Liberty. He became the structural engineer on that project, completed in Paris in 1884. He also did the Tour Eiffel, constructed (1887-89) on the Champs-de-Mars, at a cost of about $1 million for the Parisian World Exhibition of 1889. At 985 feet high, it was the highest structure in the world until 1930, when a building in NYC was built with a pretty fair view of Lady Liberty. A copy of the statue pictured above resides on Swan Isle in Paris. There is another in the Jardin Luxembourg.

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Monet does well in his early works to capture  the ambience of of this and other famous places

Blvd St. Michel

An impression of Boulevard St-Michel about 1905, but the area has not changed all that much

The Colonnade of the eastern façade of the Louvre was designed by Claude Perrault, after a famous Italian designer of royal places was wooed, hired then let go. The 183 meter long eastern façade was the first major work of the Baroque-Classical movement. It faces Église Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois (to the left -- here painted by Monet). More about the history of this famous place, about which you never knew.

There has been a Christian church on this site since the 6th century, before that ? It rests near the end of an ancient Roman Road, at the end of Pont du Neuf on the Right Bank at 2, Place du Louvre (fronting the eastern end of the massive Louvre complex) Saint Germain L'Auxerrois of Paris, one assumes, is the same as St-Germain l'Auerois, which served as the King's Royal Church -- when la Louvre was just a Royal Palace (château) (before Versailles was constructed).

Paris circa 1906

This portrays Église Saint-Étienne-du-Mont to the top right on the hill. The church on the west end of Rue St. Victor (Église St-Nicolas du Chardonnet) would be on the left (or possibly l'église St Séverin). Painted from a window several stories above Rue St-Jacques in about 1906, so in the forefront you can see the distinctive belltower of l'église St-Jacques-du-Haut-Pas. GO HERE for a view from across the street, below that church looking towards the artist's position.

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Biography of Artist: Clarence Keiser Hinkle, a California painter of landscape, portrait and still life was part of the group who exhibited modernist work during the 1930's and 1940's. Hinkle studied in Paris at the turn of the century (spent six years studying in Europe, first in Holland and then in France). In Paris, he studied at the Beaux Arts, Colarossi and the Julian Academy. He was back in States by 1912.

Église St. Pierre - Montmarte

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