So Last Century

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, world exhibitions — in London, Paris, Vienna, Philadelphia, Barcelona and Chicago — were grand gatherings of art and industry. And the grandest of them all was the Universal Exhibition of Paris in 1900, which showcased the works of artists, as well as architects, engineers and inventors.

Two shows in Paris focus on artists who won international acclaim at that city's historic Exposition Universelle: "René Lalique, Exceptional Jewels, 1890-1912," at the Luxembourg Museum until July 29, and "Sargent and Sorolla, Painters of Light," at the Petit Palais until May 13. Both...

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