Pleasures and Pastimes of the Bourgeoisie

PLEASURES AND PASTIMES OF THE BOURGEOISIE

The Opéra and the Bourgeoisie
Fashion
~ Pre -revolution
~Sumptuarylaws
~Post-revolution

~Fashion in Les Mis


Restaurants
~Rise in Popularity
~Economic and Social Symbolism
~Representation in Les Mis

Gardens ~17th Century ~18th Century ~19th Century ~Versailles

Gambling ~Pre-Revolutionary ~Cafés & Cercles

Opéra & Theatre
~The Revolution
~Social Status
~Politics
~Les Misérables

Etiquette ~Promenade ~Dances ~Dinner ~Casinos and Salons

Bibliography ~Fashion ~Etiquette ~Restaurants ~Opéra ~Picture Bibliography

 

 

 

The Opéra changed greatly through the French Revolution. As a result, the Opéra gave the bourgeoisie a public arena in which they could socialize, simultaneously allowing them to display their wealth and finery. The Opéra was also a political space; performances were politically charged, and appearances by political leaders were frequent. Paris's Opéra has a great reach: the Opéra is even mentioned in Les Misérables, by the street urchin Gavroche.

 

Le Parfait Cusiner Dramatique. (English title: The Perfect Dramatic Artistry). Anon. c. 1820. (Lacombe)

An example of the large production scale of the early 1800s.