Arc de Triomphe in Snow (Napoleon's Triumphal Arch). c. 1930. Lithograph printed in grey ink. 11 1/4 x 9 7/16 (sheet 16 x 12). A tonal impression printed on off-white wove paper with full margins. The blue/gray tones suggest the snow at early evening. Signed in pencil. $2,000.
The arch was commissioned by Napoleon in 1806 to commemorate his victories; but he was removed from power before the arch was completed. It was completed in 1836 during the reign of Louis-Philippe. The Arc de Triomphe is engraved with names of generals who commanded French troops during Napoleon's regime. The arch is located at the end of the Champs-Elysées, in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle, a large circular square from which 12 streets radiate.
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