You are at Charles de Gaulle airport, you have your boarding pass and have cleared through security in 2E terminal, well then, go for a relaxing cultural moment in the Museum to admire the exhibition on at the moment organized by the Petit Palais Gallery and admire the Paris of the good old days.
You will be able to admire a panel of about sixty artworks : paintings, sculptures and art objects which reflect the cultural wealth of the collections in the Parisian museum Petit Palais - a not-to-be-missed visit to be scheduled on your next visit back to Paris. The exhibition is organized around four themes evoking the artistic life in Paris around in 1900. Photos are copyright of the museum.
Built for the occasion of the universal exhibition in 1900, the Petit Palais museum is located between Champs-Elysées and Alexandre III bridge. From 1902, this superb monument has sheltered the city of Paris fine arts museum. The diversity of the collections offers a trip in the world of fine arts from antiquity to the beginning of the twentieth century, a real pleasure to see all these techniques of fine art represented there.
The collections in the Petit Palais are particularly rich in portraits. Ceremonial portraits were commanded by the Parisian bourgeoisie – it shows the codes of great aristocracy portraits while adopting a more modern touch. It was mostly women’s portraits which dominated the imagination of "La Belle Époque»; it celebrates the myth of the Parisian Lady... “la Parisienne” !
The 1880’s witnessed the triumph of statues. Everywhere on the Paris roads and gardens are sculptures of the glory of the Republic and its famous great men. Place de la République became the political gathering for « Républicain » - Alfred Roll, the leader of Naturalism, commemorated the events of 14th July on a painting where the jubilation of the French people is omnipresent.
Burned in 1871, the city hall of Paris was reconstructed in a néo-classical style. To decorate the reception halls, the city of Paris employed a dozen artists: Puvis de Chavannes, Henri Martin and Henri Gervex. The artists worked on small scale thumbnail sketches for the paintings or for models (sculptures).
Here is a list of hotels around Paris CDG airport for all categories (from 1 star hotels to luxury accommodation). Weather you are on a short trip to visit the exhibition center or on a business trip, you will find a list of hotels and room rentals in Villepinte or le Bourget. Opt for an appart hotel if you want more privacy.