La Caravelle Murals

Acrylic on canvas – rolled for storage by a restorer

Jean Pagès

The murals which rimmed the walls of La Caravelle were painted by Jean Pagès, a French illustrator and muralist who had been a student of Raoul Dufy and whose work also appeared in Vogue magazine as well as in private homes of clients such as Vincent Astor. When the murals were commissioned for the restaurant, the owners asked only that the murals be bright and gay and depict typical Paris park and street scenes. As an interesting note, the attractive and lively red La Caravelle logo was paint-brushed by Jean Pagès.

Later, in 1990, Nina Duran was commissioned to create a smaller mural for the restaurant foyer. As the reputation of La Caravelle grew, so did the guests’ love of the murals, whose gay scenes reflected the energy of the restaurant itself. The murals have been written about endlessly, lovingly, and today are carefully stored, waiting for their next life. Rita and André Jammet are keeping the collection together for the moment.

 

LES JARDINS DU LUXEMBOURG W/CAROUSSEL 1960 – 51’ X 194’

 

CHAMPS-ELYSÉES STAMP MARKET – LE MARCHÉ AUX TIMBRES DES CHAMPS-ELYSÉES 1961 – 51 ½’ X 116 7/8’

 

BASTILLE DAY BALL – PLACE DE LA NATION – LA PLACE DE LA NATION – BAL POPULAIRE DU 14 JUILLET (BASTILLE DAY BALL) 1961 – 50 7/8’ X 116 ¼’

 


MONTMARTRE BASILICA – LA BASILIQUE DE MONTMARTRE 1960 – 63 ½’ X 88 ½’

 


SAINT-GERMAIN DES PRÉS CHURCH L’ÉGLISE DE SAINT-GERMAIN DES PRÉS 1967 – 49 7/8’ X 44 7/8’

 


MONTSOURIS PARK – LE PARC DE MONTSOURIS 1967 – 48 6/8’ X 45’

 

TUILERIES GARDEN WITH MUSIC BANDSTAND – LES JARDINS DES TUILERIES – KIOSQUE À MUSIQUE – GUIGNOL 1960 – 56’ X 219’

“The murals at La Caravelle are as bright and airy as a carousel. Executed by Jean Pagès, they contribute to the pleasantness of the atmosphere.”

Craig Claiborne, The New York Times

“The leafy, sun dappled murals of Parisian park scenes, … and the pale, soothing color of walls and draperies reflect a comfortable golden glow of light…”

Mimi Sheraton, The New York Times

“It is a most cheerful room, lined with Dufy-esque murals of a sundrenched and festive Paris as we’d like to think it was…”

John Hess, The New York Times

“A beautiful setting enhanced by heavenly murals…”

Zagat Survey 2004

 

 

La Caravelle

To visit lacaravelle.com, you must be of legal drinking age within your country.
If no such laws exist in your country, you have to be over 21 to visit.