Art is culture and culture is a lifestyle that provides an escape from reality in imaginative ways.
There is no better way to pursue the artistic lifestyle than with the newest exhibit to be presented at The Metropolitan Museum in New York City beginning on February 26, 2013 and continuing through May 27, 2013.
Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity is an exhibit that gives its viewers a revealing look at the role of fashion in the works of the Impressionists and their contemporaries. There will be 80 major figure paintings, seen in concert with period costumes, accessories, fashion plates, photographs and popular prints. In turn, this highlights the vital relationship between fashion and art during the pivotal years, mid-1860's to mid-1880's, a time when Paris was emerging as the fashion capital of the world. This was a time of fashion invention as the department store was beginning to emerge along with ready-made wear. We also saw the proliferation of the fashion magazine.
Expression through fashion was crucial for artists and writers of the century - Manet, Monet, Renoir, Baudelaire, Mallarmé and Zola. Stylish men and women conveyed the vivacious spirit of the age in which they lived, a time when creativity had really met its match.
Without the generous support of The Philip & Janice H. Levin Foundation, the Janice H. Levin Fund and The William Randolph Hearst Foundation, this exhibition would not be entirely possible. The exhibition was organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Musée d’Orsay, Paris.
The most famous works of art will be on display such as Monet's Luncheon on the Grass (1865-66), Degas's The Millinery Shop (1882-86) and Renoir's The Loge (1874).
A range of education programs will compliment the exhibit and they are made possible by The Georges Lurcy Charitable & Educational Trust. An audio guide program will be available for sale and is sponsored by Bloomberg.
Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity will be on display in The Tisch Galleries in The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Fashion is art and Art is fashion. This exhibition is part of a lifestyle that we can all admire and appreciate through our own imaginative eyes. This exhibition is one not to be missed if you happen to be in New York City while it is on display.