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Historical Timeline | La Belle Époque

Events at Some Point of Time during La Belle Époque

By Jessie Cooper
December 2, 2008
Paul Cezanne painted Montagne Sainte-Victoire. Roses became popular. Sigmund Freud published The Interpretation of Dreams. Thomas Edison invented the light bulb. Darwin published Theory of Evolution. 
Dance in the Country
Dance in the Country, 1883 -Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Daniel Swarovski invented a crystal-cutting machine. William Morris produced Evenlode, a masterpiece of printed cotton indigo. Claude Monet finished a hazy oil on canvas named Impression: Sunrise. An art critique wrote that Impression: Sunrise reminded him of wallpaper. René Lalique visited Murano. Jean-Félix Bapterosses employed 1800 workers to produce porcelain beads and buttons in the Cité Des Perles. Einstein published On a Heuristic Viewpoint Concerning the Production and Transformation of Light. Knitting with beads became fashionable. P. T. Barnum bought the famous elephant Jumbo. There was a rush to pipe running water inside homes. Herman Hollerith developed an electronic card tabulator that was the first basic computer. Wuntzenberg Metaal Fabriek produced silver plated crystal inkwells. Art Nouveau highlighted at Paris Exposition. S. Bernhardt starred in Sarah Bernhardt à Belle-Isle –a film cinématographique. Artists used enameling techniques of cloisonné and plique-a-jour. C. Mackintosh finished The Tree of Personal Effort, a pencil and watercolor. Etore Bugatti presented his first handmade automobile at the international exhibition in Milan. Schuster & Wilhemy add goldrubin to the glass palette de couleur in Reichenbach. The first Kodak camera, phonograph record, motion picture, ice cream cone, Hershey bar, and hot-air balloon race. Georg Hirth wrote a book about the subtle influence of Biedermeier on Art Nouveau. Edouard Vuillard finished the oil on canvas Embroidering by a Window. The Eiffel Tower is built for the World’s Fair. Paul Cezanne painted Montagne Sainte-Victoire. Roses became popular. Sigmund Freud published The Interpretation of Dreams. Thomas Edison invented the light bulb. Darwin published Theory of Evolution. Thomas Hardy published Tess of the d’Ubervilles. Florence Ziegfield coined “costume jewelry” for the art jewelry he designed for his Follies. Agathe Wegerif employed 60 women in her batik and lace-making workshop in Apeldoorn. Walt Whitman published Leaves of Grass. Richard Wagner wrote Parsifal in Venice. Palomino of Murano produced an exquisite Art Nouveau chandelier with pink and violet, blown glass leaves and azure beads. Einstein published Theory of Relativity. Isadora Duncan created modern dance. Georgia O’Keeffe painted Music Pink And Blue. New Zealand gave women the right to vote. The Titanic sailed. The British Empire dominated world politics and France ruled fashion. John Muir’s book The Mountains of California sold 10,000 copies and Theodore Roosevelt read one of them. Alphonse Mucha produced the Art Nouveau print classic, Stars: The Moon, The Evening Star, The Polestar, The Morning Star. World War One began. Coco Chanel produced a line of jewelry and clothing that mirrored the solemnity of wartime France. The art movements of Art Deco, Precisionism, and Cubism, inspired by geometry, mathematics and engineering are termed ultramodern. The angular geometric designs and straight lines of Art Deco were reproduced by machine. The fashion designers are captivated by science and technology. Oscar Wilde wrote, “moderation is a fatal thing”.

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