Age of Steam by Jennifer Annesley

15th Annual ARC Salon (2020-2021)

Jennifer Annesley

Age of Steam


101.6 × 64.77 cm | 40 × 25 1/2 in

Watercolour on paper

  • Best Watercolor Runner Up

The Musée D’Orsay in Paris was originally a train station finished in 1900 for the Paris Exposition. The Beaux Arts station is now a museum of mostly French Impressionism and Post Impressionism. The grand open hall that is now exhibition space would have housed the tracks. The incredibly ornate clock is the focal point of the cavernous space. I imagine thousands of passengers arriving in Paris for the first time and being awestruck by the beauty of this “modern” station. There would have been those waiting for the trains to arrive or depart and obsessively checking the clock. Perhaps on a cool Paris day, steam would rise from the platform and dissipate in the high reaches of the hall, softening the edges of the steel and glass structure, creating mystery and atmosphere. It seems this year especially, we are all watching the clock a little more closely, perhaps dreaming of travel and reuniting with loved ones.