Exhibition

By Day & by Night: Paris in the Belle Époque

4 Oct 2019 – 2 Mar 2020

Event times

Monday 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Cost of entry

Adults $15.00
Seniors (ages 62 and above) $12.00
Children (ages 18 and under) Free
Students with valid I.D. Free
Museum Members Free
Active Military Personnel with valid I.D. Free
Acoustiguide Audio Tour $3.00 per unit/

Free for Members, museum colleagues, members of AAM and ICOM, members of the media and holders of the EBT card

Norton Simon Museum

Pasadena
California, United States

Address

Save Event: By Day & by Night: Paris in the Belle Époque

I've seen this

People who have saved this event:

close

The belle époque, a French expression meaning “beautiful era,” refers to the interwar years between 1871 and 1914, when Paris was at the forefront of urban development and cultural innovation.

About

During this time Parisians witnessed the construction of the Eiffel Tower, the ascendancy of the Montmartre district as an epicenter for art and entertainment and the brightening of their metropolis under the glow of electric light. From the nostalgic perspective of the twentieth century, this four-decade period of progress and prosperity was a golden age of spectacle and joie de vivre

For artists living through the epoch, however, the less triumphant details of daily life were often the ones that inspired creative expression: a puff of factory smoke mingling with the clouds; the saucy sneer of a cabaret performer; the densely patterned décor of a domestic interior. To convey the immediacy of what they observed, artists like Pierre Bonnard and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec rejected the formalities of oil painting, preferring loose, sketch-like handling, abrupt compositional cropping and oblique points of view that situate the spectator within the scene. Many painters turned to printmaking as a newly compelling pictorial medium, one that invited bold aesthetic experimentation while broadening the potential market for avant-garde art. By Day & by Night: Paris in the Belle Époque surveys the rich range of artistic responses to life in the French capital through a selection of paintings, drawings, prints and photographs from the Museum’s collections. Together these works of art demonstrate that visual artists participated in the inventive spirit of the age by interpreting the everyday as something extraordinary.

Exhibiting artists

Pierre Bonnard

Jean-Baptiste Armand Guillaumin

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso

Eugène Atget

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Conversation

Have you been to this event? What do you think? Join the discussion here!
Remember, you can include links to your instagram pictures and to videos.