AN ART OF JOUISSANCE? SPECTACLE AND CONSUMPTION IN THE PARISIAN BELLE ÉPOQUE
This talk examines the visual culture of the Parisian Belle Époque through the particularly French notion of pleasure embodied in the term jouissance, which I suggest extends across varied sites and objects of a new consumer society devoted to spectacular entertainments. From the Palais Garnier to Jules Chéret’s advertising lithographs and the Parisian department store as a palace of consumption, this was an age in which sensuality, frivolity, and the joys of looking reigned supreme.
By Keith Bresnahan, professor at OCAD n parallel of this talk, a concert of French music will be performed by Gautier Capuçon (cello) and Jérôme Ducros (piano) at the Royal Conservatory of Music on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 8pm.