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The leading Neo-Impressionist was Georges Seurat, who used thousands of minute dots of color to build up his paintings. It took later generations to fully appreciate the work of the Impressionists. Cézanne was rejected all his life, Degas sold only one painting to a museum and Sisley died unknown. Of the great artists whose genius is now universally recognized, only Renoir and Monet were ever acclaimed in their lifetimes. Profile of a Model (1887) by Seurat 59 with regular temporary exhibitions.

The defenders (32 Swiss guards, 82 wounded soldiers and the governor) were massacred. Jun 20 Invasion Jan 21 Execution of of the Tuileries Louis XVI Oct 16 Execution of Apr 5 Execution of Marie-Antoinette Autumn Robespierre in control of Committee Overthrow of Public Safety of Louis XVI 1793 Aug 10 Sep 20 Battle of Valmy Sep 2-6 September massacres Jul 13 Assassination of Marat, founder of L’Ami du Peuple, the revolutionary newspaper Nov 24 Churches closed 1 1794 Aug 22 New constitution: the Directory Nov 19 Jacobin Club (a revolutionary pressure group) closed Danton and supporters 1795 Robespierre, revolutionary and architect of the Terror Jul 27 Execution of Robespierre 32 I N T R O D U C I N G PA R I S Napoleonic Paris Napoleon Bonaparte was the most brilliant general in the French army.

The highlight is Matisse’s 1932 mural, The Dance. In the opposite wing of the same building, the Palais de Tokyo showcases some of today’s most avant-garde artists. The Musée Picasso, in a lovely 17th-century mansion, has the world’s largest Picasso collection, including paintings, drawings, and sculptures. Picasso, Matisse, Modigliani, Utrillo, and late Derains make up the collection on display at the Musée de l’Orangerie. For modern sculpture, the small Musée Zadkine has Cubist work by a minor school whose leading light was Ossip Zadkine.

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