Before the advent of Impressionism, Academic painting was the prevailing style in France. Where Academic art was concerned with lofty subject matter and flawless brushwork, the Impressionist painters sought to relieve themselves of what they viewed as restrictions. The Impressionists were interested in the momentary impression of light and color that a scene had on their own senses. Randall Davey, an American, illustrated these ideals a generation later in Street in Paris. In this almost abstract painting, Davey captured a particular moment on an ordinary day in Paris.