1876. Oil on canvas. Collection of Margarete Scharf, Berlin. Now in the Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia. Read Note.
Place de la Concorde is a portrait of Vicomte Lepic, his daughters, and his dogs.
Vicomte Ludovic-Napoléon Lepic (1839-1889) was the son of one of the Emperor’s adjutants. He chose an artistic career for himself. Succesively a pupil of Cabanel, Wappers and Verlat, he studied at Gleyre’s studio with Bazille and Monet, whom he befriended. He was also a close aquaintance of Degas, and he often went riding with the painter's brothers. Accompanied by Degas he went to the opera and they frequented horse races; in the painting Gentlemen’s Race Before the Start, Lepic is depicted as one of the amateur jockeys. Lepic worked in Paris, in Berck and at the seaside. Degas persuaded him to exhibit at the 1st Impressionist exhibition in 1874, where Lepic showed 4 watercolors. At the 2nd Impressionist Exhibition at Durand-Ruel’s Gallery in 1876, Lepic demonstrated 36 of his landscapes. Through his private income and influence he supported his fellow painters, but nevertheless attempted to exclude Cézanne from group exhibitions. After being banned by the Impressionists from exhibiting at the same time in the Salon, Lepic refused to take part in any of their exhibitions. He achieved surprising effects through new graphic techniques. In 1872, Lepic founded the Musée d’Aix-les-Bains and became its first curator. In 1879, he had an individual exhibition at the Gallery “La vie moderne”. Lepic traveled to Egypt and Pompeii, where he took part in excavations. In 1883, he exhibited at the Musée des Arts décoratifs. Viscount Lepic was accepted into the Legion of Honour. Unfortunately his works are completely forgotten