Give and take
Several Ecouen streets have a painter’s name, like Edouard Frère, Emmanuel Duverger or Paul Seignac. Some others like the Auguste Schenck and Paul Lorillon ones had their name given by the City Council under very peculiar circumstances interesting to be described.
Concerning the Auguste Schenck street, his widow initiated the process. She suggested the City Council to change the “La Beauvette” street name, where they used to live, by Auguste Schenck‘s. In exchange, as a recognition, she would give the large painting “Echir” and her husband’s portrait, both being, until today, displayed in the City hall.
Jules Paulin Lorillon painted “Champ de blé” (wheat field) presently visible for some times at the Daubigny museum in Auvers-sur-Oise. His son, Paul Lorillon, asked for a street to be named as per his name in exchange of a 100,000 francs donation to the City charity office. An offer hard to be rejected. He was not a painter but maintained alive the memory of his father and his magnificent mansion located in this street, currently being a nice restaurant.