The man who was selling it didn't know anything about where it came from originally. He had bought it from an estate sale, so his only information was that it was an old painting, a conclusion I had already reached on my own. So I began to do some research when I got home. The artist's name proved to be unhelpful in determining the history of the piece, but I'm not too concerned. I wasn't expecting this to be particularly valuable, but it did evoke a feeling of nostalgia from my trip to Paris some years ago. I've looked at photos of the column and statue next to the painting and while I clearly see some differences, there is a distinct resemblance to the column and sculpture I originally reflected upon. I briefly considered it to be a rendition of the same sculptor's version of Napoleon on the Vendome column, but quickly dismissed it because the pillar was not segmented in the same way and Napoleon isn't standing on one leg, nor does he have wings. I feel it's pretty safe to say that my original assumption is correct.
|Photo found here|
I will continue to do research on the painting in hopes of finding more information about the artist, but in the meantime I'll be enjoying its presence in my home.