|My version of Luigi's "Quai Bourbon, Paris"|
In 2014, I was fortunate enough to spend some time in Paris. Walking along the Seine, I suddenly stopped in front of a street sign. "Quai de Bourbon". What synchronicity! I recalled years ago I had taken notice of Luigi Loir's work and painted my own version of it. And here I stood at the very setting of that painting. I looked up the meaning of "quai" which means dock. It was also an autumn day but early evening on a clear day. Of course, it was also a century later. I tried to feel for the Paris of Loir's time. And imagined it in the golden light at day's end. I touched the stone wall. It was here when Luigi was here. I looked up to the trees. Most likely the same trees that were sketched in the painting.
"Merci, Monsieur Loir." I was able to see and experience the beauty of Paris, now and then.