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Life & Work in 19th Century Paris

"ThÈ‚tre de la Porte Saint-Martin : L'Assommoir". Affiche de Alexandre-ThÈophile Steinlen. Paris, musÈe Carnavalet.


John James Chalon, Les Tondeuses de Chiens, 1820

A new exhibit at Paris’ Musée Carnavalet focuses on society and everyday life during a century that witnessed prodigious change in the city of lights and the emergence of a new social class.  ‘Le Peuple de Paris au XIXème Siècle‘ (or The People of Paris in the 19th Century) charts this development from the end of the French revolution to the start of WWI; the industrial revolution, immigration, shifting demographics, and the rise of the working class greatly altered life in the French capitol and, in turn, contributed to a multiculturalism that still exists in the Paris of today.  Photographs, paintings, and lithographs illustrate the everyday experience of the working class throughout the century– what their living quarters looked like (now tiny apartments which command ever-steeper rents), the manual labor they performed, and the rising antipathy between the wealthy bourgeoisie and the worker, a divide that is still very much so intact, as witnessed by anyone who has ventured to travel from the 16ème arrondissement to the 20ème in the same day.  On view through February 26th, this is an exhibit not to be missed for history fiends and lovers of Paris.

La peuple de Paris au XIXème Siècle: Des Guingettes aux Barricades, through February 26th.  Open Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 6pm.  23 rue des Sévigné 75003 Paris


Léon et Lévy carte postale, Lavoir sur le Canal Saint-Martin, 1904


Eugène Atget, Petit Chambre d’une ouvrière, Rue de Belleville, 1910


Charles Marville, Rue de Lourcine, between 1865 and 1868


Hippolyte Bellangé, Les Extrêmes se Touchent, 1823


L’affiche pour L’Assommoir donné au théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin, 1900

 

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