Paris: Modernity and the belle époque, June 5-13, 20202020-02-14T08:56:57-07:00

Project Description

Modernity and the belle époque: an on-site art seminar in Paris, France, with Giulia Bernardini, June 5-13, 2020

  • Immerse yourself in the art and architecture of the Parisian belle époque – the turbulent decades of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Explore major and less-known works of artists at museums and sites including, among others, the Orsay, Marmottan Monet, Orangerie, Rodin, Louvre, Montmartre museums and Monet’s garden at Giverny. Indulge in mouth-watering meals and enjoy a private cooking lesson and lunch in the fifteenth-century Normandy home of award-winning author and chef Susan Loomis, which she is opening just for us! For more, see the scrumptious itinerary.
  • Stay in chic comfort at the award-winning boutique Hôtel Signature St. Germain des Prés in the bustling, centrally-located seventh arrondissement.
  • Savor free time in recommended bistros, cafés, pâtisseries, boutiques, and further art options all hand-picked for you by Giulia in her Inside Scoop.
  • Explore literary selections culled by Giulia to expand your understanding of the art and architecture you will encounter.
  • Share the experience with a small group of a maximum of ten like-minded explorers.
  • Price per person (exchange rate of 10/12/2018; subject to fluctuation):
    • $2,800 per person without accommodation
    • $4,200 in shared Deluxe room (135 sq. ft.; queen bed or 2 single beds; includes breakfast)
    • $5,400 in Deluxe room as single (135 sq. ft.; queen bed or 2 single beds; includes breakfast)
    • $4,700 in shared Prestige room (325 sq. ft; king bed or 2 single beds; includes breakfast)
    • $6,440 in Prestige room as single (325 sq. ft; king bed or 2 single beds; includes breakfast)
    • Includes: 7 days of art history tuition, entry tickets to scheduled museums and galleries, five meals (including cooking class at On Rue Tatin), Paris métro tickets, private minibus to cooking class in Normandy and Giverny. Does not include: airfare, remaining meals, ground transportation to and from airport in Paris. Seminar itinerary subject to change at any time.

Modernity and the belle époque

Throughout the 1800s until the eve of the Great War, France experienced intense socio-political tension and transformation. Against a backdrop of imperial and republican struggles for power, Paris grew into a sprawling urban center of glittering cafés-concerts, elegant parks, and endless shop-lined boulevards populated by laboring and bourgeois classes with expendable income and leisure time, as well as often opposing ideas about modern society and politics.

Positing themselves as society’s cultural pioneers opposite the ‘academic tradition’ were the artists of the Parisian belle époque‘s avant-garde: the Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Symbolist, Fauvist, Cubist, and Orphist, painters, sculptors, architects, musicians, and authors whose self-imposed task it was to translate this new state of modernity into their chosen media.

For one unforgettable week we will explore the works and stories of the artists and architects responsible for changing the face of late nineteenth and early twentieth century Paris and beyond. In museums and monuments, brasseries and cafés we’ll see the influence of the city on the art being made and learn how the artists, architects, photographers, musicians, and collectors of the belle époque built the foundations for twentieth century modernism.

Join us for this unmissable experience. Contact Giulia to book your place and for more information at [email protected] or click on ‘Contact Us’ below.

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