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In the Library: Life in the Impressionists’ Paris

Upcoming Exhibition

September 9, 2024 – January 20, 2025
Library Atrium

Late 19th-century Paris witnessed profound social, cultural, and physical change. Political and military clashes led to widespread destruction in the city. At the same time, industrialization and new technologies like the railway altered residents’ experience of urban space. Women were increasingly present in public life, and tourism was expanding. The city where the impressionists lived and worked was in flux. Artists reacted to this moment in multiple ways: some sought refuge in tradition, while others embraced new ways of seeing.

This selection of approximately 40 photographs and prints from the National Gallery of Art Library shows us the world of the artists and artworks on view in Paris 1874: The Impressionist Moment. These archival objects provide glimpses of a city and an art market on the cusp of modernity.

Explore Selected Works

Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington

Admission is always free and passes are not required

Banner detail: C. L. C., Pont Alexandre III, Paris, 19th century, colorized collotype postcard, National Gallery of Art Library