French Blog #23 – Painting A Row of Plane Trees

In towns, villages, farms and villas in France, roads lined with plane trees is often seen and can be quite impressive and beautiful.  It started when Napolean ordered the roads lined with plane or other tall trees like ash, elm or chestnut to provide shade for his marching troops.  Plane trees are not fruit-bearing and admired solely for their shape.

The first painting:

Another painting:

An added plus that the trees are next to a field of sunflowers.