Saturday, May 18, 2013

NYC: MET - Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity

NYC: MET - Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity.  The exquisite exhibition Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity, at the MET, until May 27, presents 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, photographs, 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. 
Above. Edouard Manet’s Young Lady in 1866.  It is a portrait one of Manet’s models, Victorine, she poses in a peignoir after having posed naked for his Olympia and Luncheon on the Grass paintings.

MET - Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity.  In the Black Dress Room, the color black vivified sitters ranging from the beguiling bohemian Nina de Callias in Manet's Lady with Fans, above (to the quirkily extravagant artist's model and budding actress Ellen Andrée in Manet's The Parisienne and the refined Madame Charpentier in Renoir's portrait of 1878. And as Auguste Renoir said “Black is the queen of colors.”
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