Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity – The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity
February 26-May 27, 2013

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10028-0198
T: 212.535.7710

Claude Monet (French 1840-1926). Women in the Garden (detail), 1866. Oil of canvas: 100 3/8 x 80 11/16 in. Musée d'Orsay, Paris

Claude Monet (French 1840-1926). Women in the Garden (detail), 1866. Oil of canvas: 100 3/8 x 80 11/16 in. Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity will present a revealing look at the role of fashion in the works of the Impressionists and their contemporaries. Some eighty major figure paintings, seen in concert with period costumes, accessories, fashion plates and photographs, and popular prints, will highlight the vital relationship between fashion and art during the pivotal years from the mid-1860s to the mid-1880s, when Paris emerged as the style capital of the world. With the rise of the department store, the advent of ready-made wear, and the proliferation of fashion magazines, those at the forefront of the avant-garde—from Manet, Monet, and Renoir to Baudelaire, Mallarmé, and Zola—turned a fresh eye to contemporary dress, embracing la mode as the harbinger of la modernité. The novelty, vibrancy, and fleeting allure of the latest trends in fashion proved seductive for a generation of artists and writers who sought to give expression to the pulse of modern life in all its nuanced richness. Without rivaling the meticulous detail of society portraitists such as James Tissot or Alfred Stevens or the graphic flair of fashion plates, the Impressionists nonetheless engaged similar strategies in the making (and in the marketing) of their pictures of stylish men and women that sought to reflect the spirit of the age.” —The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City ( (Exhibit Website)

Albert Bartholomé (1848-1926) In the Greenhouse (c. 1881). Oil on canvas. h. 223; W. 142 cm Paris, Musée d'Orsay

Albert Bartholomé (1848-1926) In the Greenhouse (c. 1881). Oil on canvas. h. 223; W. 142 cm Paris, Musée d’Orsay

A Woman’s Paris comment: This is an exhibit not to be missed. I spent several hours touring the exhibit at Paris Musée d’Orsay in 2012. The traditional portrait with vibrant palette and painterly brushstrokes of Impressionism, Albert Bartholomé’s “In the Greenhouse” (c.1881) depicts the artists’s wife Périe. She died six years after its completion. The show includes Mme Bartholomé’s purple and white dress, which her husband kept until his death in 1928. — Barbara Redmond, publisher, A Woman’s Paris. 

Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity will exhibit at The Art Institute of Chicago, June 26-September 22, 2013. ( (Exhibit Website)

L’impressionnisme et la Mode, Impressionism and Fashion, Musée d’Orsay archive
September 25, 2012-January 20, 2013 ( (Exhibit Website)


Fashion and Paris… exhibitions of the future of fashion

Fashioning fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700-1915.
From December 13th 2012 to April 14th 2013
Musée des Arts Décoratifs
10, rue de Rivoli – 75001 Paris
(this exhibition was presented at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from October 2010 to March 2011)

Mannequin – le corps et la mode
From February 16th to May 19th 2013
Les Docks – Cité de la mode et du design
34 quai d’Austerlitz – 75013 Paris
(this exhibition is curated by the Musée Galliera, which is currently closed for remodeling and is reopening the fall of 2013)

Paris Haute Couture
From March 2nd to July 6th 2013
Hôtel de Ville
Salle Saint-Jean. 5 rue de Lobau – 75004 Paris
(the entrée to this exhibition is free for everybody, like every exhibition by the Paris City Hall)

4 thoughts on “Events”

  1. There is an article in a recent POINT DE VUE about an exhibition at the D’Orsay on Impressionists and Fashion, and this museum exhibit will be at the Chicago Art Institute starting in late June.

    • Hello Sarah,

      Thank you for sharing this with our readers. I saw the exhibit, “Musée d’Orsay: L’impressionnisme et la mode,” in Paris this fall. It is brilliant and I will promote it in A Woman’s Paris, especially for those who might like to see it in Chicago. I’m planning to host a private group to visit the exhibit, “Impressionism and Fashion,” when it tours to the Chicago Art Institute. If you have more information to share, please write me at

      With kind regards,

      Barbara Redmond

  2. Thank you Barbara & A Woman’s Paris for “importing” Terrance Gelenter to Minneapolis. Terrance was a most charming Parisian bon vivant. He shared excerpts from his book – an insider’s view of the Parisian lifestyle; the cafe society, how to flirt and all things that make Paris the exceptional city that it is. /;-)

    • Thea,

      Thank you for your lovely comment about our 3-day series of free events: “Paris Meets the Mississippi!” My co-host, Merle Minda, and I were delighted that you could attend the Alliance Française de Minneapolis/Saint Paul afternoon event with Paris-based author Terrance Gelenter.

      With best regards,

      Barbara Redmond

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