The panorama of the Esplanade des Invalides, the Tout-Paris, is much less interesting than that of the Compagnie Transatlantique because of the choice of subject and the execution, which leaves something to be desired. The painting is dull, yellowish; and this dominant yellow, which wants to play the sun's ray, does not succeed in warming the painting.
It represents the Place de l'Opéra, with the great comings and goings of the boulevards and neighbouring streets. There is a large crowd of people in the square, and the painter has taken care to ensure that this crowd consists only of famous people. This more or less justifies the title: Tout-Paris.
The Shah of Persia, François Coppée, Leconte de l'Isle, Lapommeraie, Louise Michel, General Galiffet, all rub shoulders with politicians, renowned journalists and actors.
There is a sample of the different classes of society. Foreigners and provincials who only know the Parisian celebrities by name see them with a certain pleasure; but, it must unfortunately be admitted, the resemblance is not very striking.
© L'Exposition Universelle de 1889 - Louis Rousselet - 1890