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Paris: Symbolism, Impressionism, Cubism, Surrealism

Andrew Hussey

in The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199545445
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199545445.013.0037

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Paris: Symbolism, Impressionism, Cubism, Surrealism

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This article examines the historical consideration of Paris as the symbol of the modernist city during the period from 1860 to 1939. It explains that during this period, Paris grew denser and richer than ever before in its history and was without equal as the world capital city of modernity. The article discusses the remodelling of Paris in the mid- to late nineteenth century under Baron Haussmann and describes Haussmann's legacy to contemporary Paris, which includes the establishment of a common style for the apartment blocks that were built along his miraculously straight roads.

Keywords: Paris; modernist city; capital city; Baron Haussmann; apartment blocks; straight roads

Article.  7534 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (20th Century onwards) ; Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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