Friday, July 18, 2014

The Desire Streetcar - Original Oil Painting

The old "Desire Streetcar " line in New Orleans became immortalized when the playwright Tennessee Williams published his steamy play,"A Streetcar Named Desire," in 1947.  The line ran in the 1920's through the 40's.  It originated in the neighborhood of Bywater and ran through the Marigny neighborhood and the French Quarter towards Canal Street. 

There is a plan to bring this streetcar back to the French Quarter, which seems like the perfect New Orleans' answer to "Life Imitating Art."

I used a very old black & white photograph of the Desire Streetcar running down Bourbon Street as an inspiration for this painting.  (Most people remember that it ran down Royal Street, but it also ran down parts of Bourbon Street too.)

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