Trains, train stations, and train bridges were potent symbols of modernity, and the Impressionists included these images in their cityscapes and landscapes, signaling the rapid industrialization of both city and countryside.
This change in the physical landscape in France also manifested itself in the changing social dynamics among people of different backgrounds. Luncheon of the Boating Party, with its mix of people, boats, and a railway bridge, captures all of these trends.
In this section, learn about the origin of these technological changes and how they impacted social mobility, fashion, and art.
The bourgeoisie took advantage of their new found free time and headed out to the suburbs.Learn more about the economic and social changes happening in late-19th century France.
Industrialization affected everything from economics to fashion.Find out how a changing society changed men and women’s fashion.