Thursday, February 21, 2013

‘Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity’

A stunning and superlative survey , ably anchored by several of the most celebrated artworks of the glorious Impressionist era, illustrate the extent to which the then artists responded to the deft dictates of fashion between the 1860s, the time when admiring critics often equated ‘The Green Dress’ by Monet with portrait of his future wife," and stretching into the mid-1880s, when Degas happened to cap off his extremely famous series of milliners followed by Seurat who pinpointed the vogue for the emphatic bustle.

Highlights of the exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art include:

- Monet's ‘Luncheon on the Grass’ (1865–66) and ‘Women in the Garden’ (1866);

- Bazille's ‘Family Reunion’ (1867)

- Bartholomé's ‘In the Conservatory’ (circa 1881, paired with the sitter's dress), and fifteen other key loans from the Musée d'Orsay

- Monet's ‘Camille’ (1866) from the Kunsthalle, Bremen

- Renoir's ‘Lise–The Woman with the Umbrella’ (1867) from the Museum Folkwang, Essen

- Manet's ‘La Parisienne’ (circa 1875) from the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm

- Caillebotte's ‘Paris Street; Rainy Day’ (1877) from the Art Institute of Chicago

- Degas's ‘The Millinery Shop’ (circa 1882–86) from the Art Institute of Chicago

- Renoir's ‘The Loge’ (1874) from The Courtauld Gallery, London

- Cassatt's ‘In the Loge’ (1878) from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Alongside both masculine and feminine costumes, a full complement of period photographs and illustrations will serve to vivify the ongoing dialogue between fashion and art, and afford a sense of the late nineteenth-century Parisian milieu that inspired, provoked, and nurtured the talents—and often the ambitions—of the painters of modern life.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded on April 13, 1870, "to be located in the City of New York, for the purpose of establishing and maintaining in said city a Museum and library of art, of encouraging and developing the study of the fine arts, and the application of arts to manufacture and practical life.

‘Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity’ continues to be is on view until May 27.

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