By Rupsa Debnath | YEET MAGAZINE  Updated 0200 GMT (1000 HKT) July 20, 2021

In the 1900s, Paris was a hub of artistic production in Europe. It is now home to many museums and galleries that are devoted solely to art. But what made Paris an art centre in the 20th century?

Paris is one of the most culturally distinct cities in the world and has been for centuries. With its rich history of creativity spanning so many different cultures around the globe, it's no wonder that Paris became an art centre during this century. This blog column will examine some of why this city became such a force for creativity during this period!

The history of art in Paris:

www.louvre.fr - Louvre Museum Official Website

The first museum in Paris, the Louvre Museum, opened its doors in 1793. It was created as a public display of the royal art collection inside Versailles, and it soon converted to one of the most influential museums for Western European paintings.

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The building itself is an iconic piece of architecture that embodies French neoclassical style with clean lines and grandeur. After Robespierre's Committee on Public Instruction took control over France's educational system around 1800, they commissioned new buildings to be erected all across France, which would also serve as schools where future generations could learn about their cultural heritage through visits to these institutions. One such example is Les Invalides (opened 1806) which now houses Napoleon Bonaparte's tomb.

Today, the Louvre is one of France's most-visited tourist attractions and contains some 100,000 artworks. It features a wide range from ancient Egyptian to modern-day works by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, and Claude Monet. In addition, the Musée d'Orsay was opened in 1986 after an extensive renovation project on the Gare d'Orsay railway terminal building was abandoned in 1976.

The museum offers visitors a chronological survey of French painting with masterpieces spanning about 60 years that are organized into eight themed groups: landscape; portraits; paintings depicting children or young women (a section called "Young Ladies at their Dressing Table"); life scenes of Parisian daily life between 1850 and 1900.

Paris was always a city with strong artistic roots. It has been familiar to many artists and authors throughout history, including Renoir, Monet, Picasso, Apollinaire, and Hemingway. But it wasn't until the 1900s that Paris truly became an art centre on par with New York or London.

What happened in 1913?

The Salon des Indépendents is often credited as one of the events leading to this change for Paris. In 1912 Grand Palais Director Frantz Jourdain offered space at his gallery for an exhibition by independent artists who had not exhibited previously in juried salons such as the prestigious Salon d'Automne or Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts.

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Le Grand Palais 3 Avenue du Général Eisenhower, 75008 Paris, France

What was the Grand Palais Exhibition?


The exhibition of a hundred artists in Paris' most important venue for prestigious exhibitions attracted much attention. This is seen as largely responsible for drawing international attention to the new wave of French painters.

Artists such as Maurice de Vlaminck, Henriette Tirman (both regulars at Montmartre), André Level, and Kees van Dongen were among those who had their work. The show's success led to Jourdain continuing his support by creating the Salon des Tuileries in 1919, which showcased contemporary art during an economic recession; he ensured that it received government funding so that public funds supported private enterprise and encouraged people with artistic leanings to pursue their work.

The Salon des Tuileries went on to become a leading exhibition space for Cubist, Fauvist and other avant-garde artists such as Raoul Dufy, Jean Puy and André Lhote.

It was also the centre of artistic life during World War I thanks to its programming changes: it became a place where artworks could be exhibited which were not deemed worthy enough by the state institutions or private collectors; it showed works prohibited from export like Picasso's "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon" in 1918 (sold abroad in 1936), and it presented emerging talents without illustrious pedigrees who would have been excluded from being shown elsewhere. In short, Paris became a hub for the arts through this opportunity to showcase new and radical artists who would have never been given such an opportunity.

What art was being created?

The Salon des Indépendents of 1912 made Paris into one of Europe's most important centres for modernist painting, drawing attention from collectors worldwide thanks to its inaugural exhibition by Fauvists Matisse and Derain swiftly by Cubism shown at the Salon d'Automne.

The wartime exhibitions opened up opportunities for greater experimentation which had not previously been afforded; Dufy exhibited his "Nu au Fauteuil" (1916), considered scandalous due to nudity but lauded as Symbolist and innovative towards abstraction later on.

And after the war, Paris was the place to go for new and exciting developments in art. The 1920s saw a surge of creativity from artists such as Paul Klee, Jean Dubuffet, André Masson, and Pablo Picasso, who would produce some of their most radical works here; meanwhile, Léger began his large-scale paintings on industrial subjects with "Le Dépiquage de la Rousse" (1925).

In addition to these more established figures, many emerging talents found inspiration: Jacques Lipchitz's marble sculptures were shown at Galerie La Boétie in 1923, while Joan Miró had his first-person show there in 1926.

What happened after World War II?

After the war, Paris became one of Europe's most important centres for modernist painting and sculpture. Artists such as Jean Dubuffet and Alberto Giacometti found inspiration there; Simultaneously, Pablo Picasso created some of his greatest works from 1944 onwards in a hilltop house at Vallauris near Cannes (the Château de Vauvenargues).

It has been said that by the early 1930s, Paris had become "the most important centre for art in the world."

How did Romanticism and Impressionism inspire the French artists to create more realistic art?

Parisian artists were inspired by the Romanticism and Impressionism of their time to create more realistic art than what came before.

How has the French government supported and encouraged cultural impressions?

The French government has supported and encouraged cultural impression by presenting opportunities for emerging artists to showcase their work and giving public funding so that the Salon des Tuileries could start in 1919.

What is Parisian culture?

Parisian culture can include the archite:

Three of France's capital city provides for many symbols from different cultures worldwide, including Persian gardens at Palais Royal; and appreciate.

Ann of fine dining with multiple Michelin-starred restaurants such as L'Astrance or Le Cinq; a tradition.

A fashion defining what it means to be chic with its luxury shopping avenues such as Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré or Avenue Montaigne; and art mu.

Arte Musée Picasso was hosting exhibitions on famous painters like Henri Matisse.

In addition to all of this, what makes Paris so special as an artistic hub is that it has been able to absorb influences from many different cultures over time without losing its own identity; meanwhile, a history of glorious architecture means there are few if any other cities that can match up with its beauty.

The city's central location also gives it access not only to Europe but also North Africa - hence why you will find influences like African sculpture at Musée du Quai Branly or Arab-influenced mosaics on the Sacré Coeur Basilica.

Many that during World War I, Paris became "the most important centre for art in the world." What makes this so special as a cultural hub is how it absorbed influences from different cultures over time without losing its own identity; meanwhile, grandiose architecture means few cities can match up with its beauty or central location, giving access to Europe and parts of North Africa.


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