"Bohemias" exhibition in Paris

From September 26, 2012 to January 14, 2013
  • The Caravans - Gypsy Camp near Arles, Vincent Van Gogh

    The Caravans - Gypsy Camp near Arles, Vincent Van Gogh

    © RMN (Musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski

  • The Fortune Teller, Georges de la Tour

    The Fortune Teller, Georges de la Tour

    © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dist. RMN

"Bohemias" exhibition in Paris 75008 Paris fr

Bohemia is a diehard modern myth, thriving in songs, films and poems, proclaimed dead a hundred times and forever rising from its ashes.

The figure of the Bohemian first appeared in the mid-19th century, between Romanticism and Realism, at a time when  the artist's status was undergoing a profound transformation. A talented young artist no longer sought the protection of some prince or other; he was a solitary genius, impoverished and misunderstood, who anticipated social upheavals.

Many of the great heralds of modernity - poets (Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Verlaine...), painters and musicians (Courbet, Van Gogh, Satie, Picasso...) - put a face on this phenomenon.

Relayed by literature and the press, theatre and opera, their Bohemian lifestyle rapidly became immensely popular, running like wildfire through the collective imagination and linking Paris indissolubly with the Latin quarter and Montmartre.

By making new rapprochements and crossing several disciplines (painting, literature, photography, music), this exhibition aims to shed new light on this common history. It draws on over 200 works, including new discoveries and outstanding loans (The Fortune Teller by Georges de la Tour, Absinth by Edgar Degas, Corner in Montmartre by Vincent Van Gogh, The Gypsy Woman by Van Dongen...).

Opening times

Open every day (except Tuesdays) from 10am to 8pm
Late night until 10pm on Wednesdays
Closed at 6pm on December 24 and 31, 2012

Admission fees and rates

  • Full price : 12€
  • Reduced price : 8€

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