The Chic Interior

Lisa Tiersten

in Marianne in the Market

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2001 | ISBN: 9780520225299
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925656 | DOI:
The Chic Interior

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This chapter focuses on marketplace modernism in the bourgeois home in Paris, France, during the late nineteenth century. It discusses the feminization of interior decorating and explains that the bourgeois home had become the epicenter of artistic consumption and marketplace modernism by the 1880s and 1890s. It argues that the concept of the consumer as disinterested agent was most fully realized in the bourgeois home of the fin de siècle, where the middle-class woman's role in the market converged with her domestic identity.

Keywords: marketplace modernism; bourgeois home; Paris; France; interior decorating; artistic consumption; middle-class woman; domestic identity

Chapter.  13850 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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