Paris: Notre Dame and Beyond

December 5, 2019 to February 23, 2020


The recent fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral served as a reminder of the special place Paris holds in the hearts and minds of people around the world. Even those who haven’t traveled to the City of Light know it as an iconic world center of culture, history, and art. This exhibition, drawn entirely from the McNay’s collection, celebrates Paris’ monuments and marvels. Highlights include eight large-scale color lithographs by Henri Rivière, offering a soaring view of Paris from the heights of Notre-Dame. Eugène Viollet-le-Duc’s much-loved spire—which collapsed in the April fire—is hauntingly visible as it towers over the transept of the cathedral.


This exhibition is presented as a complement to the McNay’s installation, Mary Cassatt’s Women. While Cassatt’s art focused on an interior, domestic, and familial world, the artists’ work in this unique installation features cityscapes during Belle Époque, the beautiful era in which Cassatt lived and worked in Paris.


This exhibition is organized for the McNay Art Museum by Lyle W. Williams, Curator of Prints and Drawings. Lead funding is most generously provided by the Elizabeth Huth Coates Exhibition Endowment and the Arthur and Jane Stieren Fund for Exhibitions.Additional funding is provided by the Louis A. and Frances B. Wagner Lecture Series and the William Randall Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs.


Image: Henri RivièreDu Haut des Tours Notre-Dame from Les Paysages Parisiens1900LithographCollection of the McNay Art Museum, Gift of the Friends of the McNay.