The Master of the Blue Jeans: 1650s Denim Discovery


An exciting discovery of three paintings from the 1650s by an unknown artist, dubbed ‘The Master of the Blue Jeans’ is being celebrated in a Parisian exhibition on until the end of this month.

The works show a peasant seamstress wearing a blue skirt in one, while another depicts a young boy in a ripped dark blue jacket. The third shows a young female beggar in a torn indigo skirt. In all of them, the fabric is blue with a white weft – a hallmark of the popular fabric. The discovery of three paintings from the 1650s indicates that denim was widely being worn as workwear over 350 years ago.

The event is organized in collaboration with the designers Marithé and François Girbaud, pioneers of international renown in the world of jeans.

“The group of paintings attributed to [the artist] include the recurring presence of a blue cloth, whose white thread weave shows the typical structure of Genoese fabric; its place of origin [Genoa] led to the modern designation of jeans,” says the gallery.

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Gallery details:Galerie Canesso, 26, rue Laffitte, Paris, France.

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