Leisure and entertainment with Bonnard and his contemporaries

Art et histoire - Publisher Silvana / Musée Bonnard - Ouvrage broché - 248 pages - Text in Bilingue Français / English - Published in 2023

From the middle of the nineteenth century onwards, the new organisation of working hours contributed to the advent of leisure activities. Paris and the surrounding region became the figurehead for this change in France and Europe.

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Model 9788836653980
Artist Art et histoire
Author Véronique Serrano
Publisher Silvana / Musée Bonnard
Format Ouvrage broché
Number of pages 248
Language Bilingue Français / English
Dimensions 255 x 215
Technique(s) 185 illustrations
Published 2023
Museum Musée Bonnard, Le Cannet

Exhibition Catalogue Leisure and entertainment with Bonnard and his contemporaries, presented at Musée Bonnard, Le Cannet (2023).

This phenomenon gave Impressionism its heyday, but it was the artists of the next generation, belonging to the “Belle Époque” (1890–1914), who saw a real turning point in the expression of modernity in painting.

Leisure activities and shows, by day and night, developed in all directions, attracting an ever-growing public from a variety of social backgrounds. Boating, skating, horse racing, circuses, cabarets, theatres and music halls were all subjects painted by numerous artists: Anquetin, Bonnard, Dufy, Pourtau, Roussel, Toulouse-Lautrec and Vallotton, but also Abel-Truchet, Chabaud, Ibels or Albert André.

Edited by Véronique Serrano, the catalogue includes essays by Julia Csergo, historian of the contemporary world, and Gilles Genty, art historian, provide in-depth insights, each in their own categories, defining the perimeters of this leisure culture of the Belle Époque. Their texts are accompanied by detailed and illustrated studies of all the works on display, bringing together a rich iconographic corpus.


Opening Clap
Véronique Serrano

"We have fun in Pairs, and we always will": Gay Paris and the emergence of contemporary leisure activities
Julia Csergo

Laugh, sing, dance
A whirlwind of leisure activities in the Belle Époque
Gilles Genty

Véronique Serrano with Mathias Chivot and Gilles Genty


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