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By Day & by Night: Paris in the Belle Époque

Jean-Louis Forain (French, 1852–1931) At the Evening Party: Woman in White with a Fan, 1883– 1884 Pastel on paper 21-3/4 x 18 in. (55.2 x 45.7cm) Norton Simon Art Foundation, from the Estate of Jennifer Jones Simon

 

The Norton Simon Museum presents its newest exhibition, By Day & by Night: Paris in the Belle Époque, exploring the rich range of artistic responses to life in Paris during the “beautiful era.” As a celebration of the innovative spirit of Parisian art and culture during this time, the exhibition with present an array of paintings, drawings, prints, and photographs that capture this age of progress and prosperity. Indeed, the belle époque was considered a golden age of spectacle and is remembered as a period of joie de vivre. An era defined by many achievements including the erection of the Eiffel Tower and Montmartre, the belle époque, refers to the interwar years between 1871 and 1914, when Paris was the front runner of both industrialization and cultural innovation. 

Featured artists include Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Jean-Louis Forain, Edgar Degas, Pierre Bonnard, Pablo Picasso, and more! Together, the works of art created by these artists demonstrate the participation in the inventive spirit of the age by interpreting the everyday as something extraordinary.  Opening October 4th, 2019, this special exhibition will run through March 2nd, 2020.

In addition to the exhibition, the Norton Simon Museum will be featuring a series of films that travel back in time and bring this exciting era to life. Titles include Jean Renoir's French Cancan (1955) and Max Ophüls' Le Plaisir (1955).  Films will screen in November on consecutive Fridays, starting at 5:30 p.m. and are free with museum admission. No reservations will be taken. Doors open at 5:00 p.m.

 

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