Last Strange Day in Saint-Leu-d’Esserent

Alain Granger, Last Strange Day (detail), acrylic on canvas

Painting by Alain Granger

Yesterday I reached out to artist Alain Granger—whose painting Last Strange Day I discovered recently—to learn more about the story behind it. He kindly responded and sent along some additional photos of his painting as well as recent pictures of Hôtel de l’Oise and the window of the house where the picture of Jim was taken that inspired his painting.

Alain Granger, Last Strange Day, acrylic on canvas
Alain Granger, Last Strange Day, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 51 x 60 cm,

I painted this acrylic on canvas in July 2011 in homage to Jim, 40 years gone already. I live in Précy-sur-Oise. The city where the photo was taken—Saint-Leu-d’Esserent—is only 5 km from my house. I went to see the house (window) while jogging. The house is still there. It has been modified, only the cast iron balustrade remains. Here are two photos from the site, it’s the house next to the restaurant. — Alain Granger

SEE ALSO “Jim’s Last Walk” by Alain Ronay

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