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Paris: The City of Light and Love

“Paris is a moveable feast.” —Ernest Hemingway. Whether it is the love-locked Pont des Arts, lascivious Moulin Rouge, or simply the cobbled streets which join the two—see the Parisians who peopled the past.

Eugène Atget (French, 1857–1927). Avenue des Gobelins, 1917. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Rogers Fund and Joyce and Robert Menschel and Harriette and Noel Levine Gifts, 1994 (1994.271) | It was for the type of transforming vision seen in this picture, which is among the very last in Atget's lifelong exploration of Paris, that the artist's work was so enthusiastically embraced by the Surrealists. #paris

Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926). The Parc Monceau, 1878. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ittleson Jr. Purchase Fund, 1959 (59.142) #paris

Claude Monet | The Parc Monceau | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917). Portraits at the Stock Exchange, ca. 1878–79.The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Janice H. Levin, 1991 (1991.277.1). | This study for an oil painting by Degas of 1878–79 (Musée d'Orsay, Paris) depicts the financier and collector Ernest May (1845–1925) under the portico of the Paris stock exchange. #paris

Boiserie from the Hôtel Lauzun, ca. 1770, with one modern panel. French (Paris). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman Gift, 1976 (1976.91.1)

John Woodrow Wilson (American, born 1922). Paris Rooftops, 1949. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Reba and Dave Williams, 1999 (1999.529.197) #paris

Hippolyte Petitjean (French, 1854–1929). The Pont Neuf, ca. 1912–14. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 (1975.1.681) | This delicate pointillist sheet, glistening with light, was made along the Seine, looking downriver through the arches of the Pont Neuf toward the bathing cabins and trees by the place Henri IV. The Pont Neuf is the oldest bridge in Paris. #paris

Charles Marville, (French, 1813–1879). Lamppost, Entrance to the École des Beaux-Arts, ca. 1870. Collection W. Bruce and Delaney H. Lundberg | This photograph is featured in "Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris," on view through May 4, 2014. #paris

Marie Victoire Lemoine (French, 1754–1820). The Interior of an Atelier of a Woman Painter, 1796. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Mrs. Thorneycroft Ryle, 1957 (57.103) | The most important exhibitions in eighteenth-century Paris were the Salons, in general held every other year, and open only to artists associated with the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture. #paris

Jean-Baptiste-Claude Sené (1748–1803). Set of furniture (daybed, armchair, and fire screen), 1788. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Ann Payne Blumenthal, 1941 (41.205.1–.3a, b) #paris

Adélaïde Labille-Guiard (French, 1749–1803). Self-Portrait with Two Pupils, Marie Gabrielle Capet (1761–1818) and Marie Marguerite Carreaux de Rosemond (died 1788), 1785. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Julia A. Berwind, 1953 (53.225.5) | In 1783, when admitted to the French Académie Royale, the number of women artists eligible for membership was limited to four. #paris

Marie-Charles-Isidore Choiselat, (French, 1815–1858) and Stanislas Ratel, (French, 1824–1904). Défilé sur le Pont-Royal, May 1st 1844. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gilman Collection, Gift of The Howard Gilman Foundation, 2005 (2005.100.185) | This photograph is featured in "Paris as Muse: Photography, 1840s–1930s," on view through May 4, 2014. #paris

The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Défilé sur le Pont-Royal

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Auguste Renoir, (French, 1841–1919). Madame Georges Charpentier (née Marguérite–Louise Lemonnier, 1848–1904) and Her Children, Georgette–Berthe (1872–1945) and Paul–Émile–Charles (1875–1895), 1878. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Collection, Wolfe Fund, 1907 (07.122) | In the Japanese-style sitting room of her Parisian townhouse—the décor and chic gown testifying to her stylish taste—Marguerite Charpentier sits beside her son, Paul. #paris

Nadar, (French, 1820–1910). Catacombs, Paris, April 1862. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gilman Collection, Purchase, Denise and Andrew Saul Gift, 2005 (2005.100.813) | This photograph is featured in "Paris as Muse: Photography, 1840s–1930s," on view through May 4, 2014. #paris

Nadar | Catacombs, Paris | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Antoine Watteau (French, 1684–1721). Mezzetin, ca. 1718–20. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Munsey Fund, 1934 (34.138) | Mezzetin, a stock comic character of the Italian commedia dell'arte, became an established performer on the Paris stage. #dance #paris

The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Mezzetin

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Charles Marville, (French, 1813–1879). Banks of the Bièvre River at the Bottom of the rue des Gobelins (Fifth Arrondissement), ca. 1862. Musée Carnavalet, Paris. © Musée Carnavalet / Roger-Viollet | This photograph is featured in "Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris," on view through May 4, 2014. #paris

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, (French, 1864–1901). Jane Avril, 1893. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1932 (32.88.15) #dance #paris

Reff, Theodore (1976). Degas: The Artist's Mind | More than any other artist in the Impressionist group, Degas was fascinated by ideas and consciously based his work on them. "What I do is the result of reflection and study of the great masters," he once confessed, "of inspiration, spontaneity, temperament I know nothing." | Read online or download a PDF of this out of print Met publication. #paris

Charles Marville, (French, 1813–1879). Impasse Briare (de la Cité Coquenard), 1860s. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gilman Collection, Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Henry R. Kravis Gift, 2005 (2005.100.362) | This photograph is featured in "Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris," on view through May 4, 2014. #paris

Attributed to Adam Weisweiler (French, 1744–1820). Drop-front desk (secrétaire à abattant or secrétaire en cabinet), ca. 1787. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1958 (58.75.57) #paris

Édouard Baldus, (French, 1813–1889). [Imperial Library of the Louvre], 1856-57. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1994 (1994.137) | This photograph is featured in "Paris as Muse: Photography, 1840s–1930s," on view through May 4, 2014. #paris

Odilon Redon (French, 1840–1916). Madame Arthur Fontaine (Marie Escudier, born 1865), 1901. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ittleson Jr. Purchase Fund, 1960 (60.54) | Marie Escudier Fontaine was the wife of a wealthy Parisian industrialist and art patron whose circle of friends included a number of writers, musicians, and artists, among them André Gide, Claude Debussy, and Vuillard, who twice painted her portrait. #paris

Charles Marville, (French, 1813–1879). Hôtel de la Marine, 1864-1870. National Gallery of Art, Washington, Diana and Mallory Walker Fund | This photograph is featured in "Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris," on view through May 4, 2014. #paris

The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Hôtel de la Marine

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Auguste Renoir (French, 1841–1919). The Milliner, 1877. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Lesley and Emma Sheafer Collection, Bequest of Emma A. Sheafer, 1973 (1974.356.34) | Like Degas, Renoir depicted Parisian milliners in the late 1870s and 1880s. Whereas Degas derived humor from the activity of buying a hat, Renoir focused on the charms of the young salesgirls. #paris

The Metropolitan Museum of Art - The Milliner

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Charles Marville, (French, 1813–1879). Rue Traversine (from the Rue d'Arras), ca.1868. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Howard Stein, 2010. (2010.513.2) | This photograph is featured in "Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris," on view through May 4, 2014. #paris

Eugène Atget, (French, Libourne 1857–1927 Paris). [Atget's Work Room with Contact Printing Frames], ca.1910. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1990 (1990.1026.3) | This photograph is featured in "Paris as Muse: Photography, 1840s–1930s," on view through May 4, 2014. #paris