French art, renowned for its diverse painting styles was initially influenced by Flemish and Italian art during the Renaissance period of enlightenment. It went through many corridors of development through the creative talents of different artists, finally settling on the Impressionism style as the ultimate achievement of French art.
The development of French art
French art came into existence during prehistoric times and continued to flourish at the time of Charlemagne. During the 17th century, Classism was the most popular style of painting. In the 18th century the style was overtaken by the Rococo painting style which was a replication of Baroque painting. Soon after, Romanticism followed, itself succumbing to the onslaught of the Realism style. The last of the major styles to appear was Impressionism, which was and is hailed as the ultimate art style attained by French artists during modern times.
Repositories of art
The museums in France are either entirely or partly used for storing sculptures and painting works. Inside these museums can be found large collections of old masterpieces created before or during the 18th century. In the state state-owned Musée du Louvre is stored the famous painting Mona Lisa or La Joconde. The Musée d’Orsay, located in the old railway station was converted into a museum and has been a repository for 19th century paintings of Impressionism and Fauvism.
France is also well known for the variety of its folk and classical music but due to the influx of different peoples and tongues, the music variety enjoyed in the country has increased in leaps and bounds. Music from Africa has intermingled with those of local French tunes. The calypso style music of Latin America blends in and creates a lively primitive flavor to the more refined indigenous type of music. The infiltration of still more variety comes from the Asian community with its high shrill notes usually accompanied by lively concert shows that depict past conquests, romance and legends. Hip pop music has also infiltrated into the French community without resulting in any real cause for concern.
France has been regarded as the being in the vanguard of cinema development, boasting a prominent position in its contributions to the art. Important movements in the world of theatrical performance like the Nouvelle Vague had its origin in the country. Film production, another of its contributions to theatrics, portrays a liberal interpretation and display of sex, society, politics and history. There are numerous small cinemas in the downtown parts of any city, which directly compete with the big operators, but Paris has the highest number of movie theaters in the world.
French opera started during the reign of Louis XIV with performances such as Cadmus et Hermione of 1673 by Jean-Baptiste Lully. Experiments with operatic performances had taken place earlier. An opera form featuring dance music and song emerged in ‘tragédie en musique’, another of Lully’s creations. Later came Rameau who promoted the creations of Lully and later, the German Gluck who produced operas for the Parisian state in the 17170s. Subsequent opera productions of the Gluckian tradition, was Les Troyens, which were not fully performed for almost 100 years after they were written.
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