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Belle Epoque Paris

Paris first became the city of our romantic imagination at the turn of the 20th century. The broad and open boulevards at its center, the product of Baron Haussmann’s ambitious modernization plan, provided the setting for theatres, concert halls, cafes, and a vibrant Belle Époque street life. The posters and paintings of Toulouse-Lautrec and other graphic artists and the celebration of modern life in the work of the great impressionist, postimpressionist, and symbolist painters created a new aesthetic experience for Parisians and for the world at large. The renowned series of Paris expositions, culminating in the Expo of 1900, promoted a world of European colonialism and a globalized economy of technological innovations, such as electricity, that would transform the coming new century. In this course, we explore how the aesthetics, technologies, and politics of turn-of-the-century Paris transformed the world.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Knowledge of the artists and movements that fostered the Belle Époque in Paris
  • An understanding of the paintings of impressionists, postimpressionists, and symbolists that helped to create a new world of aesthetic experience

Ideal for

  • The curious and creative
  • Art enthusiasts and history buffs
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