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Paris exhibition to celebrate La Belle Epoque

Paris exhibition to celebrate La Belle Epoque
18 Feb 2014

A new exhibition in Paris will showcase the splendour of La Belle Epoque ('The Beautiful Era').

From April 2 to August 17, Le Petit Palais in the French capital will host 'Paris 1900, La Ville Spectacle' ('The City Show'). 

During the event, six pavilions will house 600 exhibits including paintings, sculptures, photographs, films and posters from the likes of Paul Cezanne, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Auguste Rodin and Henri Gervex, MailOnline reports. 

Jewellery and dresses will also showcase the 'sheer elegance' of Parisian women during the magical era. Many of the items on show are seeing the light of day for the first time in years, as their fragility means they are normally kept in storage. 

La Belle Epoque was a period of French history, which began in the 1870s and ended with the outbreak of World War I. During this vibrant time, there was peace and optimism in the country and the arts flourished, before the horrors of the First World War changed the face of Europe. 

The exhibition comes at an appropriate time, with 2014 marking exactly 100 years since the outbreak of the Great War. 

'It's a massively important subject and we've never had such a large exhibition devoted to this period in Paris before,' museum director Christophe Leribault told MailOnline Travel. 

'La Belle Epoque was a period of optimism - people had no idea of the horror that was to come with the First World War - looking back it is unbelievable that people could be so blind.'

This week, Mr Leribault is visiting London to encourage Brits to make the journey to Paris. 

'Le Petit Palais is a wonderful piece of architecture and I want to attract people to our [free] permanent exhibition, which spans from Greek antiquity to 1900s artwork,' he added. 

The building, whose name means 'The Small Palace', was built to house the 1900 Universal Exhibition, which has inspired the new show. ADNFCR-408-ID-801694642-ADNFCR

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