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Norton Simon Museum “By Day & by Night: Paris in the Belle Époque” exhibition 11/29/19

November 29, 2019

I attended the lecture and the exhibition at Norton Simon Museum. This museum is 15 minutes from my house by car, and it is so nice to enjoy their beautiful garden as well as the museum. LA offers a lot to do, including a famous traffic war!, and museums are ones of great assets in this city. By Day & by Night portraits the innovative spirit of art and culture in Paris during the belle époque, from the end of the Franco-Prussian war in 1871 to the outbreak of World War II in 1914,  through a selection of paintings, drawings, prints and photographs. It was an era characterized by economic prosperity, and technological and scientific innovations. In this period, the arts flourished, especially in Paris. Many masterpieces of literature, music, theater, and visual arts gained acknowledgement. Several friends of mine, who go to this museum often, think this is one of the best exhibitions at Norton Simon. As a musician myself this period is very fascinating. Many (yes, so many!!) fantastic music was written and played in Paris. I was imagining Stravinsky’s 3 ballet music and the music of Debussy and Ravel. while strolling the exhibition.