Turn of the century Paris was tumultuous, vibrant and bursting with new ideas. The Paris of Haussmann, the Paris of Monet, Degas and Van Gogh. The period from the mid-1800s to 1914 was truly remarkable, and the salient artists of this epoch have left their indelible marks on the city.
Images in pastel, of the can-can, of revolution, la bourse, the streets, the stations, of the quotidian life of the city’s inhabitants — all marked a transition from an earlier focus on still life and portraits to fluidity and modern dynamism. The Hotel de Ville’s Paris au temps des impressionnistes, 1848-1914 (Paris at the time of the Impressionists) is a small, but remarkable exhibition organized with the support of the Musee D’Orsay, which is loaning out some of these masterpieces while it undergoes renovation. Included are works by Monet, Vuillard, Degas, Caillebotte, Jean Béraud, Jongkind, Lépine, Manet, Renoir, Pissarro, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Signac, Luce, Bonnard and others.
A curious fact is that in 1879, after the Hotel de Ville had been rebuilt after having been destroyed during the Paris Commune, Édouard Manet was refused permission to decorate one of its rooms. 130 years later the work of artists he influenced is being honored in the salle Saint-Jean of the Hotel’s premises.
At the Hotel de Ville until July 30th
About the exhibition (in French, no subtitles)
Paris au temps des impressionnistes : l'exposition par mairiedeparis