Jerrilynn D. Dodds, Dean, Sarah Lawrence College
The period between the 1850s and World War I in Paris is known as time when intellectuals, artists, writers and performers transformed the city physically, artistically and socially. Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Symbolism, Marx; Marie Curie, Freud, Zola and Baudelaire were all setting the stage for the modern world with new discoveries, new ideas and new ways of looking at society and social relations. The resulting art and literature would scandalize, push against convention, humanize and ultimately help to transform and shape the modern world.
From La Vie Moderne to La Belle Epoque: From Degas to Lautrec: The City and the Dark Side of Café Society
Image above: Henri de Toulousse-Lautrec (French 1864–1901). Moulin Rouge: La Goulue (detail), 1891. Lithograph printed in four colors; three sheets of wove paper; sheet: 74 13/16 x 45 7/8 in. (190 x 116.5 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1932 (32.88.12)
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