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: Manet, Courbet and Baudelaire: Art, the City, and the Birth of Modern Life
Image above: Edouard Manet (French, 1832–1883),
A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, 1882. Oil on canvas; H. 96 cm (canvas); W. 130 cm (canvas); H. 134.1 cm (frame); W. 170.6 cm (frame); D. 17 cm (frame). Samuel Courtauld Trust: Courtauld Gift, 1934, P.1934.SC.234. © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London.
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