The History of Paris in Painting

Release Date
Format Slipcased 496 pages 11 x 17 inches 350 full-color illustrations plus four gatefolds
Category Art History
ISBN-13 978-0-78921-046-3 SKU 1042379

A sumptuous artistic tribute to the city of lights, this volume brings Paris to life in paintings that range from the medieval to the modern.

“Paris is a moveable feast,” Ernest Hemingway once proclaimed. The city of lights, or the city of love, Paris is indeed a feast for the senses. Paris’s rich history has been justly captured by the many artists sheltered by its garrets and supported by its patrons for centuries.

Finally the story and grandeur of this beautiful city are revealed in this luxurious slipcased volume. The 350 full-color illustrations, including four breathtaking gatefolds, present Paris from its days as a medieval city on the Ile de la Cité, in the middle of the Seine River, through the tumultuous days of the French Revolution, to the “Haussmannization” of Paris, when much of the city was razed to make way for broad boulevards emanating from the Arc de Triomphe.

The rich heritage of painting in Paris is broadly represented in this collection. Home of the Académie des Beaux-Arts, Paris nurtured generations of French artists and displayed their work in the Salon. As the Impressionists broke with the authoritarian standards of the Academy, Parisian art became even more diverse and increasingly abstract—a trend that continued through the twentieth century.

The History of Paris in Painting honors this celebrated city and its famous monuments by presenting readers with an artistic feast that will make anyone fall in love with Paris again and again.


"... readers are likely to be drawn to the first two-thirds of the book, where they will discover what the city looked like and what went on there before Claude Monet, Édouard Manet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir fixed it in our memory... Beyond the book's documentary interest, "The History of Paris in Painting" is a record of how changing tastes in art can shape what is known to future generations." -- The Wall Street Journal, December 12, 2009

"A work of art in and of itself." -- FRANCE magazine

"Gorgeously illustrated, brilliantly curated...To study this magnificent book is to recognize Paris's paramount role in the development and deployment of French political glory. This book's chief contribution lies in it's generous array of relatively unknown paintings..." -- The New York Times Book Review

"Very much worthwhile as a visual record of the 'city of light' throughout history." -- Choice

"Magnificently illustrated." -- Art & Auction

"Stands out... with its striking appearance and its unexpectedly strong narrative." -- Library Journal

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