Artemis Cooper

Between the Iron Lady and the Wedding Cake: conflict in Belle Époque Paris

Two 19th-century buildings perfectly symbolised the growing friction between the capital’s progressives and traditionalists – the Eiffel Tower and Montmartre’s Sacré Coeur

‘Boulevard de Clichy’ by Pierre Bonnard, c.1911 – with the Sacré Coeur in the background. [Bridgeman Images]

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