The Eiffel Tower in 1900

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In 1900, when the Eiffel Tower celebrated its 11th anniversary, it was no longer really a novelty. But the World's Fair held in Paris that year provided the perfect opportunity to modernise the monument, and make it the City of Light’s main attraction once again.

Opened on 14 April 1900 by French President Emile Loubet, the 1900 World's Fair spread over 216 hectares and welcomed more than 50 million visitors over 212 days.

The Fair bequeathed several buildings to Paris, the most iconic undoubtedly being the Petit Palais and the Grand Palais.

The 1900 World's Fair was an opportunity to revitalise the Eiffel Tower's declining appeal.

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Several plans for modifying the monument were suggested. One of the more daring was put forward by Stephen Sauvestre, an architect who had taken part in building the Tower.

His idea was to add two lateral towers to the monument, so that extra elevators to the second floor could be installed.

Although none of the plans devised for the World's Fair came to anything, the Eiffel Tower still underwent numerous improvements. The Tower notably capitalised on the period's technological advances to move into the modern era.

On the first floor, the internal passageway was widened by pushing back the building façades, which took on a brighter, more cheerful look. Four restaurants (Russian French, English and Dutch) were set up.  

The second floor platform was enlarged with an external gallery.

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The 1900 World's Fair also marked the advent of 'the magic of electricity'.

The 10,000 gas lamps providing light up till then were replaced by 5,000 electric light bulbs.

But the greatest modernisation work carried out on the monument involved the complete overhaul of the elevators servicing the Eiffel Tower's first and second floors.

In June 1889, five hydraulic elevators were installed for the use of visitors. 

They were a formidable feat of technical engineering for the period, as never before had engineers tackled such heights, or such loads. From the time they were brought into service, these elevators enabled hundreds of thousands of visitors to safely ascend to a great height and gaze out over the entire city of Paris.

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But as they were based on a technology still in its infancy, Gustave Eiffel modernised the elevators for the 1900 World's Fair.

The Roux-Combaluzier elevators were replaced by two hydraulic press elevators built by Fives-Lille. Each consisted of two cabins with a 50-person capacity.

The elevators, vital components of the monument, were put under severe strain. Their annual journeys combined equalled two and half trips around the world – more than 103,000 kilometres. 

Today, a testament to the extraordinary technical engineering of the period, two of the elevators are still operating with the hydraulic technology of 1900, in the Eiffel Tower's East and West Pillars.

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Fiancés of the Eiffel Tower or Bride and Groom With Eiffel Tower, 1936 - 1939, Oeuvres sur toile by Marc Chagall

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Or bride and groom with eiffel tower, (les fiancés de la tour eiffel ou les mariés de la tour eiffel).

Marc CHAGALL

1936 - 1939, oil on canvas, 59  1/16 x 53  3/4 in. (150 x 136.5 cm)

In this large canvas, the painter and his wife, carried by a big red rooster with a bright red comb, are shown in an embrace. On the bottom right the artist’s native city, Vitebsk, recognizable by its isbas, appears in velvety shades of gray and blue. At the top, an angel flies past the Eiffel tower towards a radiant sun. These iconographic references stabilize the composition, creating a vertical appearance, and entrench memorable locations—Russia and Paris—that the artist carries with him and in his painting. This opposes the uprooting and uncertainty that are the products of a murky political climate. The presence of the tree on the right of the composition, lush and full, fortifies the symbolism of roots and entrenchment, required in the future and for artistic creation. The angel violinist at the bottom and the billy goat on the top right are linked to the couple under the canopy. They form a ceremonial procession offering protection to the newlyweds, and fortifying the symbolism of the white rooster, who welcomes them into its plumage and its light.

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Pink Lovers, 1916

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Bella with White Collar, 1917

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Over the City, 1917

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Bride with Two Faces, 1927

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Fiancés of the Eiffel Tower or Bride and Groom With Eiffel Tower, 1939

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Midsummer Night’s Dream, 1939

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Tales of Boccace: The Toad, 1950

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Lovers with Pole or Couple in Chains, 1951

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Couple with Goat or Lovers Reclining, 1952

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Sketch for Encounter, 1970

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Couple in Blue Landscape, 1971

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The artist’s studio is a recurring theme in art history—depicted in drawings, paintings, and photos. Looking at it through Romantic, 19 th -century eyes, this fascinating place is the cradle of all artistic creation. At that time, artists were legendary, admired figures of society, and soon started setting trends 1 for upper-class bourgeois and bohemians, who drew their inspiration from and fantasized about the lifestyle of the artist. Around the beginning of the 20 th  century, artists’ studios became an architectural model in Paris, inspiring new buildings with large glass roofs and high ceilings, bathed in light, boasting a profoundly “bohemian” interior decor—created by careful home-staging and a plethora of more of less luxurious items 2 . Later on, Chagall’s studio perpetuated this idea, fitting in perfectly with the collective imagination about his space. Photographs from the Marc and Ida Chagall Archive, as well as studio depictions, give us a glimpse of the atmosphere in these creative havens. Indeed, they took on many different facets depending on whether the painter was settled in Russia, France, Germany, or exiled in the United States during World War II. As it grew, Chagall’s studio morphed according to his social status and recognition as an artist—from his stay at La Ruche, a compound of studio lodgings in the Vaugirard neighborhood of Paris, from 1912 to 1914, to the construction of his villa La Colline in Saint-Paul-de-Vence where the artist settled down in 1966. These places were ideal for meeting new people and collaborating on cross-disciplinary artistic projects, transcending an extremely personal vision of the artist’s studio.

The works depicting his studio help shed light on what role and function the artist pinned on it. Chagall never painted outdoors: “I painted at my window, yet never walked down the street with my paintbox,” he asserted in Ma vie 3 . The artist’s studio is a pivotal place between outside and inside worlds, materialized by the window itself. In the same way as his self-portrait did, these studio representations bear witness to how Chagall considered his status as an artist—like a window into his world.

1 Manuel Charpy, “Les ateliers d’artistes et leurs voisinages. Espaces et scènes urbaines des modes bourgeoises à Paris entre 1830-1914”, Histoire urbaine (“Artists’ Studios and their neighborhoods. Urban Areas and Scenes of Upper-Class Bourgeois in Paris between 1830 and 1914,” Urban History), vol. 26, no. 3, 2009, p. 43-68.

3 Marc Chagall, Ma vie (My Life), Paris, republished by Stock, 1983, p. 166, in Élisabeth Pacoud-Rème, “Chagall, fenêtres sur l’œuvre” (Chagall, Window onto his Works), in Chagall, un peintre à la fenêtre (Chagall, a Painter at the Window) (Nice exhibition catalogue, Nice, Musée national Marc Chagall, June 25–October 13, 2008, Münster, Graphikmuseum Pablo Picasso Münster, November 13–March 4, 2009), Paris, Réunion des musées nationaux, 2008, p. 33.

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Vous rêviez de séjourner sur le monument le plus emblématique du monde ? Cela est désormais possible ! Situé au sommet de la tour Eiffel, l'appartement de Gustave Eiffel a été minutieusement restauré et réinventé pour offrir une expérience de séjour luxueuse et mémorable. Louise Fishman, l'architecte visionnaire derrière ce projet, a su préserver l'essence de l'histoire tout en insufflant une touche contemporaine à l'espace.

" Notre objectif était de créer un espace qui fusionne harmonieusement le passé et le présent, offrant aux visiteurs une expérience immersive qui célèbre à la fois l'héritage historique et l'esthétique moderne de la Tour" , explique Louise Fishman. La chambre design propose un mobilier élégant, un mélange de matériaux de grande qualité, et des touches de luxe, offrant aux invités un confort exceptionnel dans un cadre unique. Les grandes baies vitrées offrent une vue imprenable sur la Ville Lumière, tandis que des œuvres d'art soigneusement sélectionnées rappellent les années "Belle Époque".

Pour une nuit seulement, les heureux locataires ont l'opportunité de plonger dans l'histoire et de vivre comme Gustave Eiffel lui-même l'a fait il y a plus de 130 ans. Cette expérience exclusive comprend un dîner gastronomique avec un menu 100% poisson  préparé par un chef renommé, suivi d'une nuit de sommeil paisible au cœur de l'iconique tour Eiffel, à 276 mètres de hauteur.

Les réservations pour cette expérience unique sont limitées et seront ouvertes à partir d'aujourd'hui, le 1er avril...  Ne manquez pas cette opportunité extraordinaire de vivre une nuit inoubliable à la tour Eiffel, où le passé rencontre le présent, celui des poissons d’avril !   

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