The Americanization of Gustave's Paris
1996, 14" x 12", Oil on Canvas
One of the most western of exports has finally found its way into the heart of European culture, the city of Paris.
By using muted tones and soft colours, Vanderhorst has quietly inserted a huddle of American football players into a humorous adaptation of the 1876 painting, Paris Street: A Rainy Day created by French Impressionist, Gustave Caillebotte (1848-1894).
If you look closely, you will notice that all the participants in this painting are sporting shoulder and thigh padding suggesting that in our time, it can be practically impossible not to be influenced by the cultures around us.