Impressive Chalk Portrait Drawn on the Streets of Paris by François Pelletier

Impressive Chalk Portrait Drawn on the Streets of Paris by François Pelletier street art portraits chalk

Impressive Chalk Portrait Drawn on the Streets of Paris by François Pelletier street art portraits chalk

Hand me a piece of chalk and a sidewalk and you’ll be lucky to get a pretty flower or maybe a few weird geometric scribbles. Hand it to François Pelletier and you’ve got something else all together. The artist is known for transferring famous paintings onto streets and sidewalks using carefully blended layers of colored chalk. Any of you art historians recognize the painting he’s holding in his hand? My friend Hrag suggested it might be William-Adolphe Bouguereau, but we couldn’t find a positive match.

Update: Turns out Hrag was right, the painting is La Treille by William-Adolphe Bouguereau. (thnx, william!)

Update: An earlier version of this post attributed this as the chalk art of ‘Horocue’. The work is actually that of François Pelletier. (thnx, philippe!)