In 1900, artistic life continued to be dominated by the Salon, an annual event that defined an official art form.
Numerous painters devoted themselves to portraits and painted the pictures of Parisian figures (Giron) and icons of the century (Clairin).
The Universal Exposition confirmed two artistic trends which appeared in the mid-1870’s and early 1880’s: impressionism and symbolism. On the fringe of these two trends, Gustave Doré, better known as an illustrator, was a tremendous historical painter.
Painted by Cézanne, Bonnard and Renoir, the dealer Ambroise Vollard played a decisive role in the recognition of avant-garde art.
1900 was the high point of the Third Republic’s taste for public statuary. Alongside this, sculptors found new areas for experimentation. Maillol and Renoir rediscovered antiquity, while Carriès and Cros, unique creators fascinated by colour, erased the usual borders between the major arts and minor arts. Rodin occupied a prominent place in end-of-the-century sculpture. He explored all the expressive possibilities of sculpture and reinvented his relationship with architecture and the monument. Several of his pupils, such as Bourdelle and Camille Claudel, managed to free themselves of the master’s influence and produce original works.
The 1900 period saw the triumph of Art Nouveau.
The art object was increasingly accepted by the Salons and took on a new dignity. Faced with the exhaustion of the historical styles, great artists found a new source of inspiration in nature. In Nancy and Paris, the glass artist Emile Gallé, the architect Hector Guimard, and the jewellers Lalique and Fouquet revived the arts of adornment and decoration.
Between tradition and modernity, paintings, sculptures and art objects summed up the taste of an era.
- > Bonnard - Conversation à Arcachon
- > Cassatt - Two mothers and their children in a boat
- > Cézanne - The four seasons : Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
- > Cézanne - Three Bathers
- > Clairin - Portrait of Sarah Bernhardt
- > Desvallières - Madame Pascal Blanchard at a party
- > Doré - The Vale of Tears
- > Giron - Woman wearing gloves, also known as The Parisienne
- > Lhermitte - Les Halles
- > Maillol - Deux nus dans un paysage. Femmes en chapeau. Étude de paysage
- > Maillol - The Wave
- > Moreau - Arion
- > Morisot - Jeune fille en décolleté - La fleur aux cheveux
- > Renoir - Ambroise Vollard in a Red Scarf
- > Renoir - Portrait of Madame de Bonnières
- > Roll - Bastille Day 1880, inauguration of the monument to the Republic
- > Roll - Portrait of Jane Hading
- > Sérusier - Tricoteuse au bas rose
- > Toulouse-Lautrec - Portrait of André Rivoire
- > Vuillard - Figures in an Interior
- > Alaphilippe - Woman with Monkey
- > Bourdelle - Pénélope
- > Carriès - Grotesque mask, fragment of the reverse side
- > Carriès - My Portrait
- > Cros - Centaur and Dryad
- > Derré - Stone fragment of a door post for an ancient abbey, 15th century, also known as the soul of old stones
- > Grittel - Portrait of Carriès
- > Maillol - Seated female nude with her left hand on her head. Study for The Mediterranean
- > Pierre Auguste Renoir and Richard Guino - Venus victrix
- > Rodin - Male Torso
- > Rosso - Aetas Aurea (The Golden Age)
- > Baccarat Crystal - Greek revival vase
- > Bracquemond - Compote dish. Rousseau dinner service
- > Carabin - Display cabinet
- > Carrier-Belleuse - The Struggle for Life vase
- > Dalpayrat - Dish : The judgment of Paris
- > Dalpayrat - Pair of vases
- > Fouquet - Cascade Pendant
- > Gallé - Two-handled vase
- > Guimard - The Guimard dining room
- > Henri Husson and Adrien-Aurélien Hébrard - Birthwort vase
- > Lalique - Pine cone bowl
- > Lemaire - Silence or Immortality
- > Point - Peacock Casket