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Entrance to the Jardin Turc
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Louis-Léopold Boilly
French, 1812
Oil on canvas
28 7/8 x 35 7/8 in.
2010.11

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Crisply painted and teeming with detail, Boilly's picture transports us to Napoleonic Paris, where we stand on a shady boulevard outside the Jardin Turc (Turkish Garden Café), a popular establishment that offered its middle-class clientele pleasures formerly reserved for the aristocracy. Young and old, fashionable and not, Parisians gather here for an afternoon's leisure. Two young street performers entertain the crowd: one shows an elegant couple his tame marmot, while the other puts on a puppet show for children hardly younger than himself.

A resident of the Marais neighborhood, in which the scene takes place, Boilly included a self-portrait, in spectacles and a top hat, at the painting's rightmost edge.

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Detail, lower left scene
Detail, lower left scene

Detail, woman
Detail, woman's upper body

Detail, the artist
Detail, the artist's self-portrait

Detail, signature
Detail, signature

Detail, pediment above doorway
Detail, pediment above doorway

Detail, child watching marionettes
Detail, child watching marionettes

Detail, man
Detail, man's face

Detail, marmot in boy
Detail, marmot in boy's arms

Detail, dog in woman
Detail, dog in woman's arms

Detail, center scene
Detail, center scene

Detail, two children
Detail, two children