A Glimpse of Belle-Époque Paris

[Photo Credit: Jean Béraud, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.]

Julia attended the play Paméla in the spring of 1898, when it opened at the Théâtre du Vaudeville, shown here in an 1889 painting by the French artist Jean Béraud (1849-1935). This work, currently in the collection of the Musée Carnavalet, is typical of Béraud’s lively street scenes, which capture the bustling world of late-nineteenth-century Paris. Paméla’s leading lady—French actress Gabrielle Réjane—was married to Paul Porel, who managed this theater at the time. The 1868 building—now a seven-screen movie theater known as the Gaumont Opéra—still stands at 2 Boulevard des Capucines, in the ninth arrondissement.