First Wednesday Art Talk – Elegant Excess: An Afternoon in the 18th Century
Salon Doré from the Hôtel de la Trémoille, Paris, ca. 1781. Gilt and painted wood, plaster, stone, and mercury-gilded glass. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard S. Rheem, 1959.123.2
Elegant Excess An Afternoon in 18th Century Paris
From the salon to the shops, the couturier’s to the courtiers, 18th-century Paris was all about high fashion and high living.
Parisian salons were known for their conviviality and conversation in the 18th Century, but there were strict guidelines about who could attend, what they could talk about, what they could expect and what was expected of them. Join us for an afternoon in the Salon Dore as we explore the mores and manners that dominated the decade prior to the French Revolution.
Docent Speaker: Marsha Holm