it is through a precise repertoire of looks and glances that
a 'physiology' of the city, moral as much as physical, is
mapped out. The visual ordering of space has become a vehicle
for articulating cultural values" (Green, 12)
5.1 Renoir, The Grand
The quote above illustrates how the geography of
Paris changed in the nineteenth century, largely due to cultural
changes that were simultaneously happening in Paris. These changes
were centered in and around the northwest bank of the Seine- an
area that became widely known as the center of fashionable society.
This came to happen mainly due to technological
changes, and changing
ideals within the Paris community.
5.2 Northwest quadrant of Paris-1847