The "Paris Romantique" exhibition

Gown, circa 1824 © Julien Vidal / Galliera / Roger-Viollet

Gown, circa 1824. Collection of Palais Galliera. © Julien Vidal / Galliera / Roger-Viollet

Nearly 100 costumes and fashion accessories from our collections are currently on display in the exhibition "Paris Romantique (1815-1848)". This major exhibition, which immerses us in the cultural and artistic splendour of Paris during the romantic years, is in two parts: one at the Petit Palais, the City of Paris Fine Arts Museum ; the other at the Musée de la Vie Romantique.

After Paris 1900, la Ville spectacle (in 2014), Paris Musées presents Paris Romantique (1815-1848), from May 22 to September 15, 2019, and thus continues its evocation of the great founding periods of Paris' identity.

This exhibition offers a vast panorama of Paris during the romantic years, from the fall of Napoleon in 1815 to the revolution of 1848. More than 600 works - paintings, sculptures, costumes, art objects and furniture - plunge the visitor into the cultural and political ferment of this period. 

The effervescence of the literary and artistic circles is largely illustrated thanks to the collections of several museums of the City of Paris - Petit Palais, Carnavalet, Maison de Victor Hugo, Musée de la Vie Romantique, Palais Galliera - and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs.

In an immersive scenography, the visitor takes a stroll through Paris, discovering the emblematic districts of the period, from the Tuileries to the Grands Boulevards, passing through the Nouvelle-Athènes district, which at that time housed many artists' studios. 

At the heart of this vast journey that follows the course of a day, a hundred costumes and fashion accessories from our collections highlight romantic fashion, more particularly the "chic" of Parisian women and the dandyism that make Paris the fashion capital. 

The exhibition begins at the Petit Palais and continues at the Musée de la Vie Romantique with a second part - entitled "Les salons littéraires" - dedicated to the greatest writers of the early 19th century, from Victor Hugo to Théophile Gautier.

General curatorship:
Christophe Leribault, director, Petit Palais
Jean-Marie Bruson, honorary curator, Carnavalet museum-History of Paris
Cécilie Champy-Vinas, sculpture curator, Petit Palais

Associate curators :
Gérard Audinet, director, Houses of Victor Hugo, Paris & Guernesey
Yves Gagneux, directeur, Maison de Balzac
Audrey Gay-Mazuel, curator, musée des Arts Décoratifs
Sophie Grossiord, curator, Palais Galliera
Maïté Metz, curator, Carnavalet museum-History of Paris
Cécile Reynaud, research director, EPHE
Gaëlle Rio, director, musée de la Vie romantique

Exhibition organized with the exceptional collaboration of :




MAY 20th TO SEPTEMBER 15th, 2019

Avenue Winston Churchill, Paris 8e 
Metro Champs-Elysées Clemenceau (lines 1 &13)

MUSÉE DE LA VIE ROMANTIQUE (Part II : "Les salons littéraires") 
Hotel Scheffer-Renan > 16, rue Chaptal, Paris 9e
Metro Saint-Georges (line 12), Pigalle (lines 2 or 12), Blanche (line 2)


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