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|Impressionism and Fashion: The Musée d'Orsay looks at the way people dressed|
A journalist looks on women's clothing of the 19th century next to the painting of Henri Gervex, Rolla, 1878 during the press day of the Impressionism and Fashion exhibition in at the Orsay museum in Paris. To coincide with Paris Fashion week, a new and highly original exhibit called "Impressionism and Fashion" opens at the Musee d'Orsay. It uses famous works of art to explore how at the dawn of impressionism, and as an emblem of "modernite" fashion, and how people dressed, became one of the main themes in art. The exhibition will open September 25, 2012 and lasts until January 2013. AP Photo/Michel Euler.
PARIS.- Although the Impressionists continued to capture on canvas the constantly changing natural world, their revolutionary contribution was not limited to painting landscapes. Their sharp observation also made them sensitive to urban change and the behaviour of city dwellers. In their desire to depict contemporary life, the Impressionists often chose to represent the human figure in an everyday setting, to capture the modern man going about his business or in moments of leisure.
Manet and Degas were perfect examples of this new Parisian, the flâneur, the sophisticated, nonchalant observer of modern life and its daily cast of characters. Although they were not interested in scrupulous representation of physiognomy, costume and dress, the Impressionists nevertheless recorded the fashions and attitudes of their time through their desire to present the portrait as a snapshot of the subject in familiar surroundings, through their ability to revitalise both the typology and topography of the genre scene, and above all by focusing on the daily metamorphosis of exterior things" to quote Baudelaire.
In Impressionist painting, figures and clothing lose, to take Mallarmés observation about Manet, a little of their substance and their solidity, or, in the words of the Goncourt brothers, they are transfigured by the magic of light and shade. The figure, whether moving or at rest, became more integrated into the surrounding atmosphere. The descriptive reality of the man and woman in the 1860-1880s and of their daily appearance underwent an undeniable metamorphosis because of these aesthetic approaches. On the other hand, thanks to the swiftness of execution, the gestures and play of fabric against the body became more authentic. Thus, we learn much more about the look during this period than we would from the posed society portrait or the artificially natural genre scene.
This observation is based on some sixty masterpieces by Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas and Caillebotte. Some of them have not been shown in Paris for many years, for example Renoirs portrait of Madame Charpentier et ses enfants [Madame Charpentier and her Children] (New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art), Manets Nana (Hamburg, Hamburger Kunsthalle) exhibited at the Manet retrospective in 1983 (Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais), and The Theatre Box by Renoir from the Courtauld Institute in London.
For a better understanding of the Impressionists approach, their works will be displayed alongside those of their contemporaries - Tissot and Stevens for example who concentrated even more on portraying Parisian women and the elegant society of the Second Empire and the early days of the Third Republic. But comparing these images with the real thing is much more instructive. And for this, a display of around fifty dresses and accessories, including ten hats, presents an overview of womens fashion at the time of the Impressionists, a fashion that was mainly characterised by the gradual abandonment of the crinoline in favour of the bustle. Mens fashion, less varied and more uniform, is evoked through some twenty pieces. All these examples of textiles come from public or private collections in France. And finally, an important documentary display brings together designs, fashion plates, fashion magazines, including La dernière Mode, a short-lived review edited by Mallarmé, and photographs from the Disdéri studio.
September 24, 2012
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