In the case of Armand Guillaumin (pronounced Ge-amin) it was not a matter of quiting a "day" job but his "night" job. For several struggling years, he worked three nights a week to feed his wife and family in order to leave himself free to paint during the day. Born at Moulins in 1841, he was about the same age as Renoir, Bazille, and Berthe Morisot. He'd come to Paris at the age of 16 to work in his uncle's shop. His family was vehemently opposed to his wanting to be an artist so he had to take a job with the Paris municipality, which, in most cases, meant building roads. He was quite literally a ditch digger. During the day, he often painted the urban and suburban scenes of a growing, bustling Paris, sometimes even some of the same roads and thoroughfares he himself had helped build the night before.
|La Place Valhubert, 1875,|