Two temporary exhibitions are currently on display at the Petit Palais: Romantic Paris and Romantic Germany. Through an immersive tour of emblematic sites in Paris – the Tuileries, the Palais-Royal, the high society and musical salons of the Nouvelle-Athènes district, Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral and more – you will discover Paris as it was in the 19th century. More than 600 pieces, including paintings, sculptures, objets d’art and manuscripts, are being shown from now through 15 September 2019. The 19th century was a period of many changes, in terms of its architecture, economy, demography and political instability. In Paris, art abounded, as did luxury and great precariousness.
Romantic Paris portrays one of the capital city’s multiple faces of the time, in this case the face of art and the bourgeoisie. Personally, I was very touched by the selection of 140 drawings from the museums of Weimar. Romantic Germany offers a refined tour in gentle, restful colours. Asmus Jacob Carstens’s Floating Figures and Wind Demon (red chalk on paper) are magnificent.