May 30, 2019 | By Louise Squire
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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
“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
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Photos courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
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