GREENWICH, Conn. -- The "Electric Paris" exhibition at the Bruce Museum is coming to a close but art fans can still catch it through Sunday, Sept. 4.
Paris has been known as the City of Light since the Enlightenment, when philosophers made Paris a center of ideas.
Organized thematically into four sections––Nocturnes, Lamplit Interiors, Street Light, In and Out of the Spotlight–– the exhibit explores the ways in which artists responded to older oil and gas lamps and the newer electric lighting that began to supplant them around the turn of the 20th century.
"Electric Paris" features approximately 50 works including paintings, prints, photographs, and drawings by such artists as Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, Pierre Bonnard, Édouard Vuillard, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Charles Marville, Jean Béraud, James Tissot, Childe Hassam, Charles Courtney Curran, Alfred Maurer, and Maurice Prendergast, among others.
It explores the artificially illuminated public spaces and private interiors that appear frequently in works of art during the period while attempting to analyze the different types of lighting and their distinctive visual properties.
The exhibit is curated by Margarita Karasoulas as an expanded version of an exhibition first organized by the Clark Art Institute in 2013, curated by S. Hollis Clayson, who is exhibition advisrr to this exhibition.
Simultaneously, running through Nov. 6, is “Electricity,” a complementary exhibition in the Science Gallery. The Bruce Museum is at One Museum Drive. in Greenwich.