"Boulevard Malesherbes"
Title: "Boulevard Malesherbes"
by Jay Koka, © 2020
44”w x 34”, (110x85cm) acrylic on canvas
private collection

Koka: I don’t think there is a 90 degree intersection in the heart of Paris. Most, like the one depicted, are three, four and five or more streets intersecting at every conceivable angle. We came across this intersection on our way to the Fedex office near the Champes d’Elysse. So here is Boulevard Malesherbes and Rue Boisy d’Anglais the street onto which the Porsche is turning. There’s actually another street, barely visible behind the bank called Rue de Serene.

Why this intersection? No particular reason other than it’s attractive, it was completely empty (early February) and I like painting a setting in which I have actually been. I find it easier to capture the feel of the place. I should note that the painting depicts a spring/summer scene because I think that depicting a bunch of people in overcoats wouldn’t be much fun…

Contemplating a vehicle for the painting: the new Porsche 911 Speedster was recently announced and I’m a Porsche fan… easy decision.

The 44x34" (110x85cm) acrylic on canvas is a major new work premiered at the RetroMobile Show in Paris in February 2020.