Arts Everyday Living: Shopping with the Impressionists—Renoir’s Portrait of a Teenage Shopper

 

Henriette Henriot was only 17 when French Impressionist  Renoir (1841-1919)  immortalized her in his vision of La Parisienne, a symbol of the chic French woman circa 1874. She’s definitely ready for the next shopping adventure in her smart, strikingly colored ensemble including the chapeau and tight fitting gloves.

Soon teenage Henriette will be navigating the consumer paradise of 1870s Paris: from the vast spaces of department stores like Les Grands Magasins du Louvre, known for its array of items, to the tiniest shop specializing in ribbons and other accessories. She might even enter one of the upscale maisons or fashion houses—if she has the proper escort.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, La Parisienne, 1874, oil on canvas, National Museum Wales, Cardiff

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, La Parisienne, 1874, oil on canvas, National Museum Wales, Cardiff

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