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Renoir's Dancer

The Secret Life of Suzanne Valadon

by Catherine Hewitt

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Belle Époque Paris: From Civil War to Artistic Profusion

The year 1789 was by no means the first time the city of Paris had experienced upheaval, but the Revolution and the decades following it were particularly tumultuous. The Terror, Napoleon, the brief restoration of the Bourbon monarchy, the Second Empire under Napoleon III: the political pendulum swung wildly and violently throughout the nineteenth century in the city along the Seine. The culmination of these events was the Paris Commune of 1871, which caused some of the worst destruction the city had ever experienced. This brief and bloody civil war, however, was followed by a remarkable period of artistic and cultural efflorescence, known as the Belle Époque.

In 1870, Emperor Napoleon III unilaterally declared war on Prussia, its much stronger neighbor, and within weeks France was defeated. Prussia then besieged Paris for four brutal months, during which time Parisians were reduced to eating dogs, cats, and rats. After surrendering territory and agreeing to pay an enormous ...

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