NEW YORK: Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity
By WGSN Insider

The Met’s latest exhibition highlights the relationship between fashion and art during the latter half of the 19th century, when Paris was rendered the fashion capital of the world.

Mar 07, 2013
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art has unveiled its latest exhibition, Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity, at the museum’s Tisch Galleries. The show highlights the relationship between fashion and art during the latter half of the 19th century, when Paris was rendered the fashion capital of the world. As the first fashion magazines made their debut, so did the influence of la mode on the Impressionist artists and their contemporaries. Showcased throughout eight galleries are works by the prominent painters of modern life – Manet, Degas, Renoir, and Monet to name a few – displayed amidst their inspirational counterparts, everything from crinoline dresses and bustle skirts to ornate parasols and walking sticks. Degas’ iconic milliners series is showcased alongside a selection of period hats, while an entire gallery is dedicated to the color black and the confidence it radiates, as seen in Manet’s The Parisienne. If you’re in the city before the end of May, head to The Met for a take on fashion as an expression of modern life. -Sarah Ryan Hecht

Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926) Madame Louis Joachim Gaudibert 1868 Oil on canvas
85 7/16 x 54 9/16 in. (217 x 138.5 cm) Musée d’Orsay, Paris Acquired thanks to an anonymous Canadian gift, 1951

Day Dress French, 1865–67 Gray silk faille The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Gift of Mrs. Alfred Poor, 1958 (C.I.58.4.4a-e)
Shawl Indian, ca. 1865 Multicolored wool The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Gift of Miss F. L. Schepp, 1955 (C.I.55.16.3)

Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926) Women in the Garden 1866 Oil on canvas
100 3/8 x 80 11/16 in. (255 x 205 cm) Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Day Dress American, 1862–64 White cotton piqué with black soutache The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Gift of Chauncey Stillman, 1960 (C.I.60.6.11a, b)

Albert Bartholomé (French, 1848–1928) In the Conservatory (Madame Bartholomé) ca. 1881 Oil on canvas 91 3/4 x 56 1/8 in. (233 x 142.5 cm) Musée d’Orsay, Paris Gift of the Société des Amis du Musée d’Orsay, 1990

Summer Day Dress Worn by Madame Bartholomé in the Painting In the Conservatory French, 1880 White cotton printed with purple dots and stripes
Musée d’Orsay, Paris Gift of the Galerie Charles and André Bailly, 1991

Édouard Manet (French, 1832–1883) The Parisienne ca. 1875 Oil on canvas
75 5/8 x 49 1/4 in. (192 x 125 cm) Nationalmuseum, Stockholm Bequest 1917 of Bank Director S. Hult, Managing Director Kristoffer Hult, Director Ernest Thiel, Director Arthur Thiel, Director Casper Tamm

“The latest fashion . . . is absolutely necessary for a painting. It’s what matters most.
-Édouard Manet, 1881

From now until May 27th at the Metropolitan Museum of Art 

Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity
1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028
1 212 535 7710

Photos courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art


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