Monumental Entrance Gate Which Faces the Place de la Concorde
Medium: Watercolor, ink, and gouache on illustration board
Dimensions: sheet: 16 15/16 × 13 7/8 in. (43 × 35.2 cm)
Illustration Citation: "Some Picturesque Sides of the Exposition," by E. C. Peixotto, in Scribner's Magazine, May 1900
Credit Line: Gayle and Alene Hoskins Endowment Fund, 1990
About: International travel was becoming more common among Americans by 1900, and illustrators were sent to report on events such as the Paris Exposition of 1900 depicted here. Critics described his style as "fluent...individual and charming" and "vibrant...and (with) picturesqueness and essential truthfulness and effect."
After studies in his native California and in Paris, Ernest Peixotto joined the staff or Scribner's Magazine in 1895. In 1898 he spent part of the summer sketching with Howard Pyle at the latter's classes near Chadds Ford PA. Like Pyle, he was commissioned as one of the illustrators for Henry Cabot Lodge's The Story of the Revolution in Scribner's. During his subsequent career as an illustrator and muralist he lived primarily in France while returning to the US for assignments and teaching. He was one of the eight official artists attached to the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I.
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