When art comes to the station!

Just look ...

From the ornamental windows dating back to 1930 to the eclectic works of art installed throughout the station, heighten your artistic senses as you stroll through the Gare Saint-Lazare!

The ornamental windows, an artistic addition to the station and shopping centre

The 114 Art Nouveau windows that adorn the interior façade of the station and the shopping centre date back to 1930. They were restored over six years, between 2005 and 2011, by the painter and sculptor, Charles Sarteur, who was also a railwayman. The motifs represent tourist sites and destinations served by the railway network of the time. In addition to their artistic and decorative qualities, some also have historic and documentary significance. This is especially true of the one dedicated to the town of Poissy, in Yvelines, where the bridge depicted was destroyed during the 1944 bombings of the Second World War.

Don't be surprised to find Zurich and Saint-Petersburg among the cities featured, at the end on the rue de Rome side: these windows were created much more recently, in 2011, to acknowledge the relationship and collaboration between Saint-Lazare and these two stations. Since 2010 the Gare Saint-Lazare has been twinned with the Baltiysky railway station in Saint Petersburg.

Artistic hide-and-seek

In addition to the historic windows, the Gare Saint-Lazare harbours other artistic treasures. The modern, inspiring work of the artist Levalet, whose style you may recognise in other French stations, has taken over the four corners of the Gare Saint-Lazare. “Concrete Jungle, sous le  béton, la jungle”; “Le Bureau des Plaintes” and “Ontogenèse”: keep your eyes peeled - there are more surprises than you might think…

Directly inspired by Claude Monet, the most iconic impressionist of the Gare Saint-Lazare, the artist Kan, for his part, brought the pillars of tracks 8/9 to life with his work "Les Coquelicots". At first glance, one sees a series of hypnotising dots, sometimes forming a face, sometimes a landscape.

Les Coquelicots – Kan - ©SNCF Gares & Connexions

Concrete Jungle, sous le béton la jungle – Levalet - ©SNCF Gares & Connexions

Le Bureau des Plaintes – Levalet - ©SNCF Gares & Connexions

Ontogenèse – Levalet - ©SNCF Gares & Connexions

Prendre de la hauteur – Levalet - ©SNCF Gares & Connexions

Claude Monet, artistic ambassador of the Gare Saint-Lazare

Monet was so inspired by the modern, dynamic nature of the station that he went to live nearby in 1877! The result was a series of 12 iconic works of art, exhibited in museums and galleries all over the world.