Arts Everyday Living: The Impressionists and the World of Fashion

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An exciting exhibition combining paintings and costumes has recently arrived at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.  Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity (from February 26–May 27) not only showcases some 80 works by Monet, Renoir, Degas, Manet, Morisot, and their contemporaries, but also demonstrates how these artists were influenced by the Parisian fashion scene of their day.

The Metropolitan Museum has provided an online tour on its website enabling us to view some of the galleries of the exhibition, from  Refashioning Figure Painting to The White Dress and the Black Dress to Frock Coats and Fashion: The Urban Male. The selection of paintings alone is impressive including Impressionist hallmarks loaned from the Musee D’Orsay in Paris (where the exhibition originated) such as Monet’s Women in the Garden and Renoir’s The Swing.  To enter the exhibition, just hit,

Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity

I am particularly intrigued, though, by the display of In the Conservatory by Albert Bartholome with its accompanying purple and white gown.





Albert Bartholome, In the Conservatory, c. 1881, oil on canvas, Musee D’Orsay, Paris, France



Madame Bartholome’s summer dress, white cotton printed with purple dots and stripes, Musee D’Orsay, Paris
























Frontal view



I have never heard of Albert Bartholome (1848-1928) and can’t find much written about him.  We do know that the model for In the Conservatory is his wife Prosperie who, according to the Metropolitan Museum of Art catalogue for the exhibition, died shortly after the portrait was completed.* Then according to another source, Bartholome became a sculptor so that he could create a tomb in honor of their love.

The artist also kept the polka dotted cotton summer dress Prosperie wears in the portrait which seems so well preserved after more than 130 years.

The exhibition will next travel to The Art Institute of Chicago (June 26-September 22).


*Quote from Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity by Francoise Tetart-Vittu and other authors, published by The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, 2012.

The above images are used solely for educational purposes.


And discover Monet’s tribute to the always stylish Camille:

Artists’ Birthdays This Week, Claude Monet: For the Love of Camille


Take an art walk with Monet too in Through an Artist’s Eyes: Learning to Live Creatively!

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