Parisian Summer of 1896

[Photo Credit: Paris. Palais de l'industrie / E. Baldus. Miscellaneous Items in High Demand Collection, Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-DIG-ds-04857.]

During Julia’s first summer in Paris, she visited its Salon of 1896. This annual art exhibition—held from 1855-1897 at the Palais de l’Industrie, a large pavilion located between the Seine and the Champs-Elysées—was one of the city’s major social and cultural events. As many as 10,000 attendees a day thronged the galleries, admiring the award-winning paintings and sculptures submitted by independent artists as well as by the students from the École des Beaux-Arts. These latter works were of particular interest to Julia, since she was about to attempt to gain admission to the École’s architecture division.