Happening now at the Petit Palais is a Belle Époque Paris extravaganza inviting the public to relive the splendour of the French capital at the time when the Paris Exposition Universelle was heralding the arrival of the 20th century. More than ever before, Paris was seen throughout the world as a sparkling city of luxury with a sophisticated way of life. Over 600 works will plunge visitors into a charged atmosphere when talents from everywhere were converging on the French capital to train in studios, to exhibit in the salons and sell their wares in the expanding network of art galleries. On view are paintings, objets d’art, costumes, posters, photographs, films, furniture, jewelery and sculptures. The technical inventions, the cultural effervescence, and the sheer elegance of Parisian women will be staged and displayed as representative legends of that Paris whose image has been promoted in literature and the cinema throughout the world.
Masterpieces by artists such as Gallé, Guimard, Majorelle, Mucha, Lalique, Cézanne, Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, and Vuillard, alongside works by Gérôme, Bouguereau and Gervex…. and then there is the permanent collection to take in. Reserve half a day and kick off your shows when you take a break at one of their cafe tables in the courtyard.
Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Late opening until 8pm on Thursdays for temporary exhibitions.
Admission: 11 euros
Metro: George V