October 12, 2018–January 6, 2019

Paris 1900: City of Entertainment

Ingram Gallery

  • Installation view of Paris 1900. Photo: John Schweikert

  • Georges Roux (1855–1929). Night Party at the Universal Exhibition in 1889, under the Eiffel Tower, 1889. Paris, Musée Carnavalet. © Musée Carnavalet / Roger-Viollet

  • Henri Gervex (1852–1929). A Party at Pré-Catelan, 1909. Paris, Musée Carnavalet. © Musée Carnavalet / Roger-Viollet

  • Installation view of Paris 1900. Photo: John Schweikert

  • Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901). Le Divan Japonais, 1892–93. Lithograph, 31 3/4 x 24 1/2 in. Musée Carnavalet. © Musée Carnavalet / Roger-Viollet

  • Camille Pissarro (1830–1903). The Pont Royal and the Pavillon de Flore in Paris, 1903. Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris, Petit Palais. © Petit Palais / Roger-Viollet

  • Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen (1859–1923). Sale of objects from Le Chat Noir, 1898. Lithograph, 53 1/8 x 38 1/4 in. Musée Carnavalet. © Musée Carnavalet / Roger-Viollet 

  • Pair of boots, ca. 1900–1905. Leather with cotton lining, 11 3/8 x 10 1/2 x 2 3/4 in. each. Palais Galliera. © Eric Emo / Galliera / Roger-Viollet

  • Henri Meyer. International Exposition of 1900—The Petit Palais, 1900. Cover of Le Petit Journal. Reinforced paper, 26 3/4 x 38 5/8 in. Petit Palais. © Petit Palais / Roger-Viollet

  • Auguste Rodin (1840–1917). Cupid and Psyche, ca. 1900. Marble, 9 7/8 x 25 5/8 x 16 3/8 in. Petit Palais. © Patrick Pierrain / Petit Palais / Roger-Viollet

For more than a hundred years, Paris has been celebrated as the City of Light, standing as a symbol of elegance, pleasure, and festivity, and drawing visitors from around the world. Although the French capital was quite different from its idealized representation in posters and advertisements, the turn of the century was indeed an exceptional time. The city was growing rapidly and had a population of nearly three million by 1914. Additionally, Paris attracted travelers for both business purposes and leisure activities: over fifty million people attended the International Exposition of 1900, which was held on the banks of the Seine.

This exhibition is intended to immerse the American visitor in the Parisian Belle Époque (Beautiful Era). Encompassing the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the period was known for fantasy, excess, and boundless faith in progress through science and technology. Originally presented in 2014 at the Petit Palais in Paris, the exhibition offers a selection of more than three hundred works of art, from paintings, prints, and sculptures to furniture, garments, and souvenirs. These objects, which hail from several City of Paris museums—including the Petit Palais, the Musée Carnavalet, the Palais Galliera, the Musée Bourdelle, and the Maison de Victor Hugo—form a portrait of a vibrant and swiftly changing city.

The works will be presented in six groupings: Paris, Showcase of the World; Art Nouveau; Paris, Capital of the Arts; The Parisian Woman; Traversing Paris; and Paris by Night.

The Frist Art Museum is one of three venues in the United States to present this iteration of an exhibition that was on view at the Petit Palais in 2014.

Exhibition organized by the Petit Palais Museum of Fine Arts, with exceptional loans from the Musée Carnavalet – History of Paris and the Palais Galliera Museum of Fashion, Paris Musées 



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