This exhibition catalogue aims to capture the energy, vitality and exhilaration of late-19th century Paris as an explosion of new ideas made the City of Light the modern capital of the art world. Paris at that time was home not only to the Impressionists but also to radical colourists, innovative designers and thoughtful painters who recorded modern life in painstaking detail. This volume, featuring highlights from the collections of the Musee d'Orsay in Paris, presents Parisian culture during this period of social and artistic revolution. nouveau vases, lamps and furniture, Beaux Arts sculpture by Rodin, Carpeaux and Dalou, and Impressionist masterworks by Cezanne, Degas, Manet, Monet, Pissarro and Toulouse-Lautrec. This illustrated volume accompanies an exhibition opening at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and travelling to the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, USA.