Paris culture - then and now
A comparative study to evaluate present and past Parisian culture
For many, Paris may be equivalent to the city of love and romance, but there’s a lot more to it. Perhaps that’s why visitors to the city make an effort to get a glimpse of the Parisian culture as the city boasts of a rich cultural heritage and is proud of it. Though some changes have crept up in Paris culture over time, the basics that were once much talked about remain the same. Here’s a comparative study of some key aspects of Paris and its culture.
French art and architecture
Paris once played host to celebrated artists such as Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, and Camille Pissarro, who triggered the Impressionism movement. The city’s Louvre Museum, which is among the largest museums of the world, displays several famous works by celebrated artists of the past, the most notable ones being the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. One would also find Romanesque Rococo, Gothic, and Neoclassic influences in the city’s churches and other public buildings, which have been carefully preserved by the modern generation.
In the city’s social life, food plays a major role. Cheese and wine are sources of national pride. One will find that the meals are ritualized, and full of cultural and social meaning. However, they aren’t as elaborate these days as they once were though ceremonial meals may still last for three hours or more.
This is yet another integral aspect of Paris culture today. The city plays host to several high-end fashion houses like Hermes, Lanvil, Christian Dior, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton. From the 17th to the 21st century, Paris has been the world’s fashion capital and the clothes people wear today owe a lot to Paris even if they have been designed outside the French capital. The influence of Paris culture can be understood from a simple fact – the term “haute couture” owes its origin to French fashion and is protected by law in France.
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