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Royal Palace, Reception Room of Catherine de Medicis, Fountainebleau, France - 1897

Royal Palace, Reception Room of Catherine de Medicis, Fountainebleau, France - 1897



Written on reverse:.Fountainebleau, a little town of 15,000 people, lies thirty-seven miles southeast of Paris. Here was built in the Middle Ages by Francis I the palace of Fontainebleau which has been one of the chief residences of the kings of France since that time. The buildings are of vast extent, the chief entrance being by a grand flight of steps on the plan of a horse shoe. The luxurious apartments are of special artistic and historical interest since they preserve for us the original character of the furnishings of their times. Here lived the beautiful Catherine de Medicis, who intrigued, now with the Huguenots, now with the Catholic party of the Guises, in order to hold the power for herself..This was the favourite residence of Napoleon. Here he detained Pope Pius VII as state prisoner; here he divorced the faithful Josephine; and here in 1814 he laid down his imperial crown..The forest of Fontainebleau, containing some 42,000 acres, is considered by artists to be the most beautiful in la belle France. Carot, Dupre, Daubigny, Tryon, Francois Millet, and many others have drawn their inspiration from its shades..Here at Fontainebleau the game was played with kingdoms for stakes. Those days are happily past but gaming still survives. It blossoms in its most subtle and fascinating, yet none the less deadly, form at Monte Carlo on the Mediterranean.

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After the Paris exposition of 1889, France gloried in her triumph. The time between the expositions of 1889 and 1900 was an era of economic prosperity. When Germans announced they want to hold the next world expo, French politicians, industrialists, and intellectuals realized that the country which hosted the exposition at the threshold of the new century "will define the philosophy and express the synthesis of the 19th century." Participating nations architects were given complete freedom to construct their national pavilions in any style, and display whatever they wished therein. The sole limit was the space assigned to each. The buildings of the 1900 exposition fall into two distinct categories, each representing an essential element of the spirit of 1900: Traditionalist 19th century-styled and Art Nouveau - the new style appropriate to the twentieth century. The pavilion to symbolize the new era was the Palace of Electricity. Many expositions gave visitors an illusory trip to remote lands. The Trans-Siberian was a simulated Peking to Moscow railway and "Tour of the World," located at the base of the Eiffel Tower featured moving canvas of the sights and people throughout the world. More than 83,000 exhibitors and attendance of 51 million visitors made it the largest of any exposition. The 127 congresses had attracted over 80,000 participants. The Gare d'Orsay railroad station (now the Musée d'Orsay), and two of original entrances of Paris Métro stations by Hector Guimard., and the Pont d’Alexandre, the Grand Palais and the Petit Palais opened with the exposition. The exposition Universelle of 1900 was the last of its kind held in France.







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