The Essential Guide to the City of LightBook - 1998
This illustrated text is a practical and historical guide, designed for visitors around Paris. The late-19th century times that were modern for the Impressionists have distinct resonances today. Behind the seemingly bland bourgeois bliss a certain malaise lingered, a disillusion with the Industrial Revolution which had failed to live up to its promise of everlasting bounty. As our own century draws to a close, we are similarly quick to blame our technocratic society for our ills. Like the inhabitants of fin-de-siecle Paris, we share the same kind of escapist urge for distraction, an urge which the impressionists were instinctively in tune.
Publisher: London : Pavilion, 1998
Characteristics: 208 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 29 x 17 cm