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RA Lates: A Summer’s Night in Montmartre

RA Late

Saturday 31 August 2019
7 — 11pm

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Part of our

Félix Vallotton

events programme
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Experience the bohemian decadence of 1890s Paris at our end-of-summer party.

Think underground café societies, cabarets, can-can dancing, absinthe dens and palatial salons at this end-of-summer party at the RA, inspired by our exhibition, Félix Vallotton: Painter of Disquiet.

Montmartre in the 1890s – with its vibrant nightlife, costume balls, dance halls, café concerts, open air parties and street parades – was an artist’s paradise, attracting an eclectic and bohemian crowd of painters, poets, musicians and writers.

Félix Vallotton was introduced to Parisian nightlife by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, the charismatic artist and one of the scene’s main celebrities. Toulouse-Lautrec made his name producing successful prints that depicted the ‘demi-monde’ or characters on the fringes of society, as well as his famous advertisements for the Moulin Rouge.

Throughout the 1890s, the print boom in Paris enabled the avant-garde to spread their ideas quickly and cheaply, while salonnieres presided over private, intellectual parties where relationships were forged and art was debated. The adoption of electricity in the new street lamps across the city gave Paris the nickname, ‘the city of lights’ – its streets and pavements glistened with creativity, excitement and vitality.

We invite you to go back in time to the bohemian suburb of Montmartre at this decadent RA Late. Celebrate Paris as a glorious place for pleasure, entertainment, artistic freedom and escape, during the gilded decade before the new century.

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Saturday 31 August 2019

7 — 11pm

Royal Academy of Arts

£25 – £75

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