New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art offers a revealing look at the role of fashion in the works of the Impressionists and their contemporaries in the new exhibition Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity which can be seen in The Tisch Galleries from February 26 to May 27, 2013.
Among the 80 major figure paintings on display are period costumes, accessories, fashion plates, photographs, and popular prints which illustrate the relationship between fashion and art from the mid-1860s to the mid-1880s, when Paris emerged as the style capital of the world.
Highlights of the exhibition 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 (ca. 1881, paired with the sitter’s dress) and 15 other 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, and Manet’s La Parisienne (ca. 1875) from the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm; Caillebotte’s Paris Street; Rainy Day (1877) and Degas’s The Millinery Shop (ca. 1882-86) from the Art Institute of Chicago; Renoir’s The Loge (1874) from The Courtauld Gallery, London; and Cassatt’s In the Loge (1878) from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity is organized by Susan Alyson Stein, Curator in the Department of European Paintings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, in collaboration with Gloria Groom, the David and Mary Winton Green Curator in the Department of Medieval to Modern European Painting and Sculpture, Art Institute of Chicago; Guy Cogeval, President, Musée d’Orsay and Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris; and Philippe Thiébaut, Curator, Musée d’Orsay, Paris.
The exhibition was organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Musée d’Orsay, Paris. The exhibition is made possible in part by The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation and the Janice H. Levin Fund. Additional support is provided by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.