Monthly Archives: October 2010

Mary Cassatt’s Paris: Beautification, the Salon, and the Impressionist Movement

by Sara Krauss In the 1860s and early 1870s, while painter and American expatriate Mary Cassatt lived in Paris, the city was reinvented aesthetically and artistically. The government controlled beautification of Paris and the popular art exhibition influenced the artistic movement Impressionism. Both the … Continue reading

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Paris and Jazz: A Collaboration Propelling Sidney Bechet to Fame

by Maggie Burch In the early twentieth century, France – specifically Paris – was a center of knowledge, cosmopolitanism, and entertainment. For many Americans, Paris represented a change of pace and a foreign culture in which to indulge. For others, … Continue reading

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Josephine Baker’s Love Affair with France

by Naa Kai Koppoe Despite her color, Josephine Baker was able to achieve immense success while living in Paris. At the mere mention of her name, minds immediately think of her sensuous and spontaneous dance movements. People also think of … Continue reading

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Total War: Edith Wharton’s Paris in its Time of Need

by Emily Shuman Edith Wharton, a prominent American author, left her home in Lenox, Massachusetts, and settled permanently in Paris, France, in 1906. The Paris Wharton experienced in the early years of the twentieth century was one of economic growth … Continue reading

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Edith Wharton: Expatriate in Paris

by Stephanie Hepp In 1907, Edith Wharton left what she deemed a self-righteous and cynical America to travel around Europe.  When she arrived in France, Wharton saw Paris as an ideal escape from the United States’ restrictive norms.  Janet Goodwyn … Continue reading

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Sally Hemings’s Parisian Affair

by Kelly Wilkens Sally Hemings was born in 1773 to her African American mother Elizabeth Hemings and her mother’s white master and partner John Wayles.  Sally was one of six illegitimate children, and she was half-sister to Martha Wayles Jefferson, … Continue reading

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