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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.


Paris: The City of Light and Love

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Armand-Hippolyte-Louis Fizeau (French, 1819–1896). St. Sulpice, Paris, 1841. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1946 (46.122.22)

Armand-Hippolyte-Louis Fizeau | St. Sulpice, Paris | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Laboudt & Robina. Dress, 1895. French. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Carl Hitchcock Fowler, 1942 (2009.300.670)

Laboudt & Robina | Dress | French | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Félix Bracquemond (French, 1833–1914). Nôtre Dame, Paris, 1870. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund, 1922 (22.69.28)

Félix Bracquemond | Nôtre Dame, Paris | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Eugène Atget (French, 1857–1927). Terre-plein du Pont Neuf, Matinée d'Hiver, 1925. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gilman Collection, Museum Purchase, 2005 (2005.100.530)

Eugène Atget | Terre-plein du Pont Neuf, Matinée d'Hiver | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917). James-Jacques-Joseph Tissot (1836–1902), ca. 1867–68. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund, 1939 (39.161)

Edgar Degas | James-Jacques-Joseph Tissot (1836–1902) | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Eugène Atget (French, 1857–1927). 97 Rue du Bac, 1903. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gilman Collection, Purchase, Mrs. Walter Annenberg and The Annenberg Foundation Gift, 2005 (2005.100.540) #paris

Eugène Atget | 97 Rue du Bac | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Alfred Sisley (British, 1839–1899). View of Marly-le-Roi from Coeur-Volant, 1876. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Bequest of Miss Adelaide Milton de Groot (1876–1967), 1967 (67.187.103) #paris

Alfred Sisley | View of Marly-le-Roi from Coeur-Volant | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Walker Evans (American, 1903–1975). [12 Views of Rooftops, Possibly from the Hotel Continental, Paris], 1950s. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Walker Evans Archive, 1994 (1994.252.139.1-12) #paris

Walker Evans | [12 Views of Rooftops, Possibly from the Hotel Continental, Paris] | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Boiserie from the Hôtel de Varengeville, ca. 1736–52, with later additions. French. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman Gift, 1963 (63.228.1) #paris

Boiserie from the Hôtel de Varengeville | French, Paris | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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House of Worth (French, 1858–1956). Ball gown, ca. 1872. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Mrs. Philip K. Rhinelander, 1946 (46.25.1a–d) #paris

House of Worth | Ball gown | French | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890). Sunflowers, 1887. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund, 1949 (49.41) | Van Gogh painted four still lifes of sunflowers in Paris in late summer 1887.

Vincent van Gogh | Sunflowers | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Eugène Atget (French, 1857–1927). Versailles, 1924–25. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gilman Collection, Purchase, Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee Gift, 2005 (2005.100.512)

Eugène Atget | Versailles | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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A wave of artists of all nationalities gravitated to the French capital and fostered an inspiring climate of imaginative cross-fertilization. Read this Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History essay, School of Paris, and view a slideshow of works. | Amedeo Modigliani (Italian, 1884–1920). Reclining Nude, 1917. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Mr. and Mrs. Klaus G. Perls Collection, 1997 (1997.149.9) #paris

Charles Meryon (French, 1821–1868). The Apse of Notre-Dame, Paris, 1854. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Bequest of Susan Dwight Bliss, 1966 (67.630.26) #paris

The Seine at Bougival, Alfred Sisley (British, 1839–1899), 1876. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Partial and Promised Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Dillon, 1992 (1992.103.4) | Sisley’s painting captures the bucolic aspect of Bougival, a resort town along the Seine just west of Paris known for its quiet beauty. As one writer noted, "The trees form the most agreeable pattern… one can walk on lawns fresh and gentle to the feel, veritable carpets of greenery." #paris

William Henry Fox Talbot (British, 1800–187). View of the Boulevards at Paris, May 1843. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Jean Horblit, in memory of Harrison D. Horblit, 1994 (1994.197.1 (2)) #paris

Eugène Atget (French, 1857–1927). Paris Interior, ca. 1910, printed 1956. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. David Hunter McAlpin Fund, 1956 (56.610.5) #paris

Eugène Atget | Paris Interior | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917) Woman Having Her Hair Combed, ca. 1886–88. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. H. O. Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs. H. O. Havemeyer, 1929 (29.100.35) | Executed in large format and meticulously finished, this nude—reminiscent of Rembrandt’s famous Bathsheba at Her Bath in the Louvre—may not have been completed in time for the exhibition, or else it may have been excluded deliberately for reasons unknown. #paris

Honoré Daumier (French, 1808–1879). Croquis d'Hiver...Un Coup de Vent non Prédit par Mathieu (de la Drôme), December 3, 1864. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1939 (39.45.1) #paris

Nadar (French, 1820–1910) Pierrot Running, 1854–55. Gilman Collection, Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 2005 (2005.100.43) | Félix Tournachon (Nadar) and his younger brother, Adrien, made a series of large photographs of Charles Debureau, son of Baptiste Debureau, the famous mime of the Théâtre des Funambules. These photographs attracted much public attention and won the gold medal at the Exposition Universelle of 1855 in Paris. #paris

Nadar | Pierrot Running | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Auguste Renoir (French, 1841–1919). Versailles, 1900–1905. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Robert Lehman Collection, 1975 (1975.1.202) | This autumn landscape shows a view of the courtyard on the north side of the chateau of Versailles. #paris

Eugène Atget (French, 1857–1927). Environs of Paris, 1920s, printed 1956. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. David Hunter McAlpin Fund, 1956 (56.610.19) #paris

Eugène Atget | Environs of Paris | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Pons fils (probably a son of César Pons) Paris, France. Lyre–guitar, early 19th century (ca. 1805). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Clara Mertens Bequest, in memory of André Mertens, 1998 (1998.121) #paris

Henri de Toulouse–Lautrec (French, 1864–1901). Madame Thadée Natanson (Misia Godebska, 1872–1950) at the Theater, 1895. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Rodgers, 1964 (64.153) #paris

Alphonse J. Liébert (French, 1827–1913). Tuileries Palace, Burned. General View, 1871. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Joyce F. Menschel Photography Library Fund, 2007 (2007.454.1.4) | On May 23, 1871, as national forces from Versailles pushed to retake the capital, Communards set fire to the Tuileries Palace, the royal residence built by Catherine de Medici beginning in 1564. #paris