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Thirty-six views of the Eiffel Tower: Henri Rivière

Sometimes a visit to a famous landmark can lead to a sense of anti-climax. Buckingham Palace was smaller than I expected, Bali's beaches were pretty ordinary, and from a distance Uluru looked just like the photos. But one icon that proved to be even more impressive than I'd imagined was the Eiffel Tower. Having seen it monotonously reproduced to the point of cliché, I was fully prepared to be disappointed, but from the first glimpse of it I couldn't keep the grin off my face. 

French artist Henri Rivière (1864 – 1951) seems to have been similarly intrigued, creating a series of etchings titled Thirty-six views of the Eiffel Tower. He (like many Impressionists and Post-impressionists) was inspired by Japanese art, in a movement known in France as Japonisme. This series pays particular homage to Hokusai's Thirty-six Views of Mt Fuji, of which The Great Wave off Kanagawa is the best known.

Here is a selection:


You can see all 36 etchings here.

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