Photochroms of Paris (1890s – 1900s)

Photochroms of Paris (1890s – 1900s)
International Photography Grant 2019

Late in the 19th century, Paris hosted two major international expositions: the 1889 Universal Exposition, was held to mark the centennial of the French Revolution and featured the new Eiffel Tower; and the 1900 Universal Exposition, which gave Paris the Pont Alexandre III, the Grand Palais, the Petit Palais and the first Paris Métro line. Paris became the laboratory of Naturalism (Émile Zola) and Symbolism (Charles Baudelaire and Paul Verlaine), and of Impressionism in art (Courbet, Manet, Monet, Renoir).

By 1901, the population of Paris had grown to 2,715,000. At the beginning of the century, artists from around the world including: Pablo Picasso, Modigliani, and Henri Matisse made Paris their home. It was the birthplace of Fauvism, Cubism and abstract art, and authors such as Marcel Proust were exploring new approaches to literature.

The Pavilions of the Nations and persepective of the bridges, Exposition universelle internationale de 1900, Paris, France. / Image: Library of Congress

Ancient Paris, Exposition Universal, 1900, Paris, France. / Image: Library of Congress

Paris, Foyer de L’Opera. / Image: Library of Congress

The Opera House, Paris, France. / Image: Library of Congress

Panorama of the seven bridges, Paris, France. / Image: Library of Congress

Paris. La Madeleine. / Image: Library of Congress

Paris. Le Louvre. / Image: Library of Congress

Paris. St. Etienne-du-Mont. / Image: Library of Congress

Paris. L’Arc-de-Triomphe de L’Etoile. / Image: Library of Congress

St. James’ tower, Paris, France. / Image: Library of Congress

Place de la Republique, Paris, France. / Image: Library of Congress

The Pavilions of the Nations, III, Exposition Universal, 1900, Paris, France. / Image: Library of Congress

Place de la Bastille, Paris, France. / Image: Library of Congress

Eiffel Tower and fountain, Exposition Universelle, 1900, Paris, France. / Image: Library of Congress

Notre Dame, Paris, France. / Image: Library of Congress

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International Photography Grant 2019