The current exhibition in the European works on paper rotation space (on view until July 31) is Anders Zorn: Sweden’s Painter-Etcher. Featuring all 18 prints in the Milwaukee Art Museum’s collection by Zorn, this is the first time ever that they have been on view at the same time. This is the third in a series of posts focusing on the exhibition.
Paris in the 1880’s was like no other place.
Citizens from all over France joined with immigrants from all over the world. Some flocked there to take advantage of new opportunities in industry, others to experience an avant-garde culture. The population more than doubled in the second half of the nineteenth century.
New entertainment venues popped up to cater to the masses. Circuses, dance halls, cabarets, theaters, operas, museums (including the first wax museum in Paris) added to the excitement of the city.
Meanwhile, Napoleon III, the Emperor of France, hired an urban planner who changed the entire look of the city. A warren of medieval buildings was transformed into a modern city with wide boulevards.
Paris was experiencing the growth of a modern urban center–and all the problems and benefits of that growth. It is probably not surprising that visual artists found inspiration with new subject matter and developed innovative ways to depict it.