Thursday, March 28, 2013

Painting Fashion in Fashionable Paris

Like the painting? Now see the dress. by Miriam Schulman, @schulmanArt

Albert Bartholomé (French, 1848–1928) In the Conservatory (Madame Bartholomé), ca. 1881. Oil on canvas; 91 3/4 x 56 1/8 in. (233 x 142.5 cm)
Musée d'Orsay-- and Actual dress worn by Madame Bartholomé. both on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibit Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity now through May 27, 2013
I had an Aunt who would point at her tuna casserole and love tuna? you love pasta? Then you will love this! Of course, I don't know many who love tuna casseroles-- but if you love impressionist art and you love fashion then you will really really love this!!

Although the exhibit is titled "Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity" that is a a bit of a misnomer as the show includes many paintings by the French painter Tissot who did not really follow the impressionist style of painting. However, he did take the impressionist idea of painting modern life-- and you can;t be modern without showing off the latest fashions! The exhibit is organized by fashions into eight galleries. The first presents a glimpse how these figure paintings aren't really portraits and just show slices of life. The second gallery presents the figure outdoors. The third gallery has all paintings with white dresses-- and white dresses of the era. The next one is all paintings with women in black dresses and more historical black dresses. Next there is the gallery of men with men's fashions and top hats followed by ( my favorite) women's hats, corsets and shoes!! Finally, just as in a runway fashion show, the finale is the haute couture fashions of the day.

Sometimes the museum was able to exhibit the actual dress worn in the painting if the artist or artist family had the dress preserved. In addition to actual garments, the curator was able to present fashions that were similar or the same as modeled in the painting. In addition, there are books on display with fashion illustrations.

Overall, a really delightful exhibition and worth a trip into the city!

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