Bringing together a broad selection of prints, posters, photographs, and film, this exhibition offers an overview of the thriving entertainment cultures of Paris in the last decades of the nineteenth century. The art of Pierre Bonnard, Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pablo Picasso, and others addresses the pulsating life of the boulevards, the speed of the racetrack, and the performance worlds of the café-concert, ballet, opera, and the theater, both classical and popular. These diverse themes inspired traditional as well as innovative mediums: fine art prints by Édouard Vuillard and Degas are rivaled, for example, by the rapid development of the popular commercial poster in the hands of Jules Chéret, Alphonse Mucha, and Toulouse-Lautrec, whose bold designs promoted the celebrity status of such figures as Jane Avril, Sarah Bernhardt, and Loïe Fuller. This exhibition thus also reveals the intersection of the visual arts with public life in Paris during this creative and vibrant time.

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Drawing on the period’s dynamic phantom rides and exotic travelogues, eye-popping magic tricks, and elegant bodies of dance, this program of early spectacle films puts on display the vast repertoire of alluring attractions filmmakers developed as they transformed the technical wonder of moving images into what would become one of the defining art forms of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Kemper Art Museum 1 Brookings Drive St. Louis, MO 63130

Spectacle and Leisure in Paris: Degas to Mucha

When
Feb 10 - May 21, 2017
Where
Kemper Art Museum
1 Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130

Bringing together a broad selection of prints, posters, photographs, and film, this exhibition offers an overview of the thriving entertainment cultures of Paris in the last decades of the nineteenth century. The art of Pierre Bonnard, Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pablo Picasso, and others addresses the pulsating life of the boulevards, the speed of the racetrack, and the performance worlds of the café-concert, ballet, opera, and the theater, both classical and popular. These diverse themes inspired traditional as well as innovative mediums: fine art prints by Édouard Vuillard and Degas are rivaled, for example, by the rapid development of the popular commercial poster in the hands of Jules Chéret, Alphonse Mucha, and Toulouse-Lautrec, whose bold designs promoted the celebrity status of such figures as Jane Avril, Sarah Bernhardt, and Loïe Fuller. This exhibition thus also reveals the intersection of the visual arts with public life in Paris during this creative and vibrant time.

For more information


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Concert: ART INSPIRING MUSIC: PARIS AT THE TURN OF THE 19TH CENTURY

This concert will present chamber music works of Claude Debussy, Jules Massenet, Maurice Ravel, and Erik Satie. Featured performers include Department of Music faculty Kelly Daniel-Decker, soprano; Megan Stout, harp; Vincent Varvel, guitar; Jane Price, violin; and Laura Reycraft, viola.

Screening: FRENCH FILM AT THE TURN OF THE CENTURY: SPECTACLES DE CURIOSITÉ

Drawing on the period’s dynamic phantom rides and exotic travelogues, eye-popping magic tricks, and elegant bodies of dance, this program of early spectacle films puts on display the vast repertoire of alluring attractions filmmakers developed as they transformed the technical wonder of moving images into what would become one of the defining art forms of the 20th and 21st centuries.

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