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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
Turn of the century Paris is often referred to as the belle époque, a golden
age of affluence and artistic creativity before the turmoil of the First World
War. This was the Paris of artists such as Bonnard, Rodin, Seurat and Vuillard,
as well as writers and musicians such as Debussy, Zola and Maupassant. The
Eiffel Tower had just been built and the Moulin Rouge was in its heyday - Paris
was the cosmopolitan capital of pleasure and culture. The architecture of the
period, however, has generally been neglected known only for the Art Nouveau
designs of Guimard's Metro entrances and restaurants such as Maxim's. This
book, based on a thorough survey of Parisian buildings of the era, connects the
medievalism of Viollet-le-Duc, the classical tradition of the Ecole des
Beaux-Arts and early developments in metal and concrete construction with
modern pioneers like Perret, de Baudot and Sauvage. Including the exuberant
designs by architects working in the 'Ritz style', as well as the work of a
multitude of architects whose names are at present unknown, Parisian
Architecture of the Belle Epoque is a truly comprehensive and visually
sumptuous study of this under exposed period of architecture.