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The BBC in an article, “La Belle Epoque: Paris 1914,” described Paris in 1914,
Paris in 1914 was a city giddy with the pace of industrial, scientific and cultural change,but deeply – and as it turned out, rightly – anxious about what the future would hold.
In art, Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque tried (in Paris, of course) to capture this with their new idea – cubism. Instead of painting things as they appeared to a single pair of eyes at a single moment in time, they painted things from a variety of possible viewpoints, creating a shifting world of abstract space.
Can a Museum in Germany Take You to La Belle Epoque in Paris?
Art Daily, in Exibition at Schrin Kunsthalle Brings Bohemian Paris to Life, wrote,
The Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt … is showing the large-scale project “Esprit Montmartre. Bohemian Life in Paris around 1900”. Not without reason, a contemporary critic in the 1890s wrote about Montmartre in Paris: “The quarter resembles a huge studio.” Important artists such as Edgar Degas, Pablo Picasso, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Vincent van Gogh lived and worked in Montmartre.
With a previously unsuspected realism, they produced memorable paintings that mercilessly revealed the underbelly of the dazzling Belle Époque. With these works, which remain unique even today, they crucially influenced the history of art in the late nineteenth and the early twentieth century.
What Was La Belle Epoque like for Artists in Montmartre? and the People Who Lived There?
The Museum website describes La Bell Epoque as,
One of the most colorful chapters in the history of art, but also one with which countless clichés are associated: the frivolous can-can girls in the Moulin Rouge, sumptuous coffeehouse scenes, or the penniless artist who indulges in alcohol, sleeps until noon and turns night into day. Yet to reduce Montmartre to these familiar images means to overlook the realism with which the artists recorded everyday life there.
One of the best parts of the exhibition is a video produced by the museum which gives a true picture of life in Montmarte. If you go no further in this post, watch this video.
What is the Significance of this exhibition for Fine Art in the New Media?
The Schirn Kunsthall has done an excellent job of fulfilling a museum’s mission to make art accessible to all. In the traditional sense, museums did this by bringing together art from all over the world in from both public and private collections to make the art “accessible.” Now,by the use of the tools of the New Media, the Schrin has made the art in this exhibition and, Montmartre itself,accessable to all.
The video above, with English subtitles, is remarkable in scholarship, and shows the viewer Montmartre, and the impressive way the Exhibition is displayed at the museum.
The website is in German and English, and has beautiful reproductions of many of the works in the Exhibition
A remarkable app, again in German and English, makes the exhbittion available to all.
And, the exhibition has its own blog, “Les Bloggers de Montmartre, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt 2014,” with posts and pictures of the art, and views of historical and present-day Montmartre.
FURTHER VIEWING/READING: “‘Tea and Morphine’ Exposes A Darker Side of 19th Century Women”.
H/T: Mark Dziamba