Windy Day, Place de la Concorde

A fashionably dressed woman carries a purple hatbox across a Paris square, the pavement wet with rain. She clutches her hat to avoid the fate of the man behind her, whose hat has been blown from his head by a gust of wind. Béraud designed a horse-drawn studio to shield him from the elements so he could capture such detailed, playful scenes of contemporary Parisian life.


[Knoedler, Paris]; M. Tannenbaum, New York (in 1901); [William O’Leary, Detroit, in 1904]; [Schneider-Gabriel Galleries, New York, sold to Clark, 17 Nov. 1945]; Robert Sterling Clark (1945–55); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.

Jean Béraud

French, 1849–1935

Windy Day, Place de la Concorde

c. 1890

Oil on panel

22 1/16 x 14 13/16 in. (56 x 37.6 cm)

Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1945