Paris 1900 at the Petit Palais – Paris

Paris 1900 at the Petit Palais – ParisParis 1900 at the Petit Palais – ParisParis 1900 at the Petit Palais – Paris

April 2, 2014 through August 17, 2014

– Totaling 600 individual works from painting and sculpture to posters and prints to photographs and films to decorative objects and fine furniture to jewelry and gowns, Paris 1900: City of Entertainment, transports visitors back to Belle Époque Paris at the turn-of-the-twentieth-century when fifty million people from around the world descended on the city for the Universal Exposition. Presented in the magnificent galleries of the Petit Palais, an architectural tour de force constructed specifically for the exposition itself, this installation offers an invitation to relive the legendary sophistication and splendor of Paris in 1900 through six themed pavilions including those devoted to Impressionist painting and Modernist sculpture with works by Cézanne, Maillol, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Rodin and Vuillard, Art Nouveau decorative objects with works by Gallé, Guimard, Lalique, Majorelle and Mucha, fashion and style featuring apparel by Charles-Frédéric Worth and Falize jewelry by Henri Vever surrounded by large portraits of fabulously attired society mavens by Besnard and La Gandara as well as canvases depicting the world of milliners and dressmakers by Jean Béraud and Edgar Degas, entertainment ranging from posters documenting the triumphs of Sarah Bernhardt and the successes of Yvette Guilbert to those advertising legendary venues such as Le Chat Noir and  Moulin Rouge created by artists like Toulouse-Lautrec, the demimonde of courtesans like Liane de Pougy and La Belle Otero as captured in photos that reveal another Paris awash in drugs and prostitution plus a final pavilion commemorating the grandeur of the Universal Exposition through architectural drawings of its notable structures like the Petit Palais and the Grand Palais as well as documentary films that show the exposition in real time accompanied by rare ephemera like picturesque souvenirs and pieces of scenery.

Complete with rarely displayed objects from the Petit Palais permanent collection augmented by loans from major arts institutions around the world, among the most noteworthy selections on view are Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s, “Marcelle Lender Dancing the Bolero,” (1896) from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Alfons Mucha’s bronze, “La Nature,” (1899) from the Karlsruhe, Badisches Landsmuseum, the, “Evening Cape of Comtesse Greffulhe,” (1896) designed by Charles-Frédéric Worth and tailored from a Boukhara caftan given by the Tsar on loan from Palais Galliera  plus thirty seldom seen Art Nouveau masterpieces from the reserves of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs including such prestigious works as a music stand designed by Alexandre Charpentier, the table and stool that Alfons Mucha designed for Georges Fouquet’s jewellery boutique and Paul Jouve’s bas-reliefs for the entrance gate of the 1900 Exposition Universelle. Another highlight is certainly Léon Lhermitte’s immense, highly detailed oil painting, “Les Halles,” (1895), a work from the Petit Palais’s  permanent collection which has not been on view for more than seventy years and has been specially restored for this exhibition.

 

“Marcelle Lender Dancing the Bolero” (1896) - Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

“Marcelle Lender Dancing the Bolero” (1896) – Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

“Evening Cape of Comtesse Greffulhe” (1896) - Charles-Frédéric Worth

“Evening Cape of Comtesse Greffulhe” (1896) – Charles-Frédéric Worth

“La Nature” (1899) - Alfons Mucha

“La Nature” (1899) – Alfons Mucha

 

Official Exhibition Site

 

PETIT PALAIS MUSEUM

(MUSÉE DU PETIT PALAIS)

AVENUE WINSTON CHURCHILL

75008 PARIS, FRANCE

(1) 53-43-40-00

 

 
 

 

 

Paris 1900: City of Entertainment

 

VISITING HOURS:

OPEN TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY FROM 10 A.M. TO 6 P.M.

TICKET OFFICE CLOSES AT 5 P.M.

LATE NIGHT OPENINGS UNTIL 8 P.M. ON THURSDAYS FOR TEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS ONLY.

CLOSED ON MONDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

 

ADMISSION:

11 € FOR AN ADULT TICKET.

8 € FOR A SENIOR TICKET (60 AND OLDER).

5.50 € FOR A STUDENT TICKET (14 – 26).

FREE FOR THOSE 13 AND UNDER.

ACCESS TO THE PERMANENT COLLECTION IS FREE FOR ALL.

 

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE

 


 

 

 

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