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Spectacle and Leisure in Paris

Degas to Mucha

Through the lens of seven scholars, this book examines fine art and commercial design as they both reflected and helped create the vibrant culture of public spectacle in late nineteenth-century Paris. Posters and prints circulated across the city, as the new art form of cinema flourished, all part of a diverse urban climate of leisure that was particularly French. These rich visual materials served to promote the careers and talents of such celebrities as Jane Avril, Loïe Fuller, and Sarah Bernhardt. Alphonse Mucha and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec developed the potential of color lithography to meet the demands of these stars, while fine artists ranging from Edgar Degas and Édouard Manet to Pablo Picasso and Édouard Vuillard focused on such spectacles as the racetrack, ballet, café-concert, theater, and opera, asserting them as defining elements of Parisian modernity in this image-saturated milieu.

96 pages | 62 color plates | 8 1/2 x 11

Art: European Art

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"The catalogue includes many good visuals—advertisements, programs, posters, film stills—by not only well-known artists but also less-familiar practitioners"


"The catalogue is a well-produced and solid companion to the collection."

The Burlington Magazine

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