Atmosphere “Nord”

Oil on canvas 70 x 140 cm

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An evocation of the atmosphere at the Gare du Nord in Paris in the late 1950s, before electrification. In the centre, at the head of an international express, stands 232R2, a 3-cylinder simple 4-6-4. In the background waits a 141TC, a member of a numerous class of 2-cylinder 2-8-2 tank locomotives for suburban services, while on the right a 230D, a 4-cylinder compound 4-6-0, prepares to leave with a ‘rapide’ for the north.