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Special Order – takes 3-4 weeks! 800 vintage photographs and artworks. Custom box. Recommended. By Marc Walter, Sabine Arque. With an introduction, six essays, and detailed commentary by Sabine Arqué exploring the stories behind the pictures, this is an unrivaled portrait of a nation on the cusp of the century and of its poignant exuberance. While paying tribute to the precious Belle Époque, it also celebrates the unwavering allure of La Belle France, its beauty, culture, traditions, and legendary romance. This was a golden era in France–an age of peace, prosperity, and progress in art, design, industry, technology, gastronomy, education, travel, entertainment, and nightlife. Taschen, 2019.

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With an introduction, six essays, and detailed commentary by Sabine Arqué exploring the stories behind the pictures, this is an unrivaled portrait of a nation on the cusp of the century and of its poignant exuberance. While paying tribute to the precious Belle Époque, it also celebrates the unwavering allure of La Belle France, its beauty, culture, traditions, and legendary romance. full page and double-page photos of cities and castles, period stores and distilleries, quaint villages, snow-capped mountains, streams and valleys…full page color travel posters and more.

This was a golden era in France–an age of peace, prosperity, and progress in art, design, industry, technology, gastronomy, education, travel, entertainment, and nightlife.

This is a portrait of France after a series of bruising wars and turmoil within the French Republic, culminating in the Franco-Prussian War, which had ended in 1871. From the ruins of conflict, the Belle Époque brought joie de vivre flourish, a boom in creativity and all things artistic. And sadly, it would all end as World War I entered the picture.

Through some images from the extensive archives of Marc Walter and Photovintagefrance, France around 1900 follows up on Taschen’s best-selling vintage photographic collections Italy around 1900, The Grand Tour, Germany around 1900, and An American Odyssey, to provide a precious record of France in all its turn-of-the-century glory.

With the photochrome technique used in many of the images restoring the past to vivid color, we enjoy a close, bittersweet encounter with this hopeful age: the brave, stony splendor of the Mont Saint-Michel; the icy peaks of Chamonix; and the honey light of the Côte d’Azur.

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