Victorian masterpieces exhibition in Paris is sure to open eyes and minds regarding the tight laced era of Queen Victoria. “Desirs et Volupte” runs until January 20th at the Jacquemart-Andre Museum. Focussing on the work of such geniuses as Edward Burne-Jones, Albert Moore and Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, the exhibition pulses with a sensuous aesthetic. The art which expressed the passion often hidden beneath the surface of Victorian England is here displayed in all its glory. At the Hotel Britannique we have an affinity for the ambience of the era which we will delight in sharing with you.
Victorian masterpieces exhibition in Paris demonstrates the cult of beauty
In marked contrast to the severe sexual repression, moralising and puritanical attitudes prevalent in Victorian society in Britain, many of the major artists of the day sought to express a more sensual side of life. A movement grew which owed much to Keats, Shelley and some of the Pre-Raphaelite school of artists. This Aesthetic Movement reflected the conviction that art should be a thing of beauty giving rise to a sensual response and should not have any implicit morality or narrative message. These artists felt a need to pay homage to the cult of beauty. They often portrayed women as heroines from antiquity or the Middle Ages and set their scantily clothed or often nude figures against a backdrop of lush nature. Needless to say, it was all considered somewhat scandalous in a society which prided itself on repressing what it referred to as the baser instincts!
Dismissed during the rise of Modern Art as being sentimentalists or even chocolate box painters, these artists have been re-evaluated and today their full importance is acknowledged. Some of the iconic British paintings on show at the Jacquemart-Andre Museum are part of the superb Perez Simon collection.
The Hotel Britannique recommends the Victorian masterpieces exhibition in Paris
At our charmingly romantic hotel we understand the importance of art and beauty. Therefore a stay at the Hotel Britannique will be the perfect complement to a visit to this magnificent exhibition.