Circle of Jean Beraud (French, 1849 – 1935)
Au pied de la Galerie de la Grande Roue, Paris
Oil on canvas
Indistinctly signed with monogram (lower right)
25.3/4 x 19.1/2in. (65.5 x 50cm.)
The Grande Roue de Paris was a 100 metre tall ferris wheel built in 1900 for the Exposition Universelle World Exhibition at Paris. It was the tallest wheel in the world at the time of its opening. The passenger cars were so large that they were removed from the wheel and used as homes for French families when the region was devastated in World War 1. It was taken down in 1920. This scene shows the excited customers wearing the finery of the day, wondering at the scale of the construction.