Siren Call of Paris

Sunday Lecture Series Part 1 with Dr. Daniel Mato | Siren Call of Paris | March 5, 2017 | 2-4 PM.

From the 1870s to the post-War period of the 1950s Paris was the centre of western arts and culture leading the world in the fine arts, literature, music, design and fashion. Artists, writers and composers of the 19th century gave Paris an aura of cultured respectability while the city reshaped itself to become the iridescent capital of pleasure on the Seine, becoming the city of light, cafés and easy morals. Like a cultural magnet it drew artists from all parts of the world absorbing their creative energies to shape what has been called the ‘School of Paris’. Paris drew those who sought to experience modernity, take inspiration and always with the hope of recognition. During those halcyon years in Paris before the First World War, the Fauves and Cubists created new visual vocabularies influencing foreign artists who returned to their homelands to invent new movements to confirm Paris as the artistic centre of Europe.

Following the chaos of the First World War, Paris flourished during the period called “Les années folles – the Crazy Years” in which a new generation of artists, writers and musicians flocked to the city. During the intra-war years Paris hosted important figures in the arts who assumed heroic proportions; Picasso, Gertrude Stein, Hemingway, James Joyce, Miro, Stravinsky, Coco Chanel, Kandinsky, Anaïs Nin, Josephine Baker, American jazz and countless others who contributed to the character and creativity of Paris. It was a magical time in an extraordinary place where all was to be experienced, for as Hemingway said, “Paris was a moveable feast”. 


$30 (Members + Students) | $35 (General Admission) | OR All 4 lectures for $100!

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