Arts Everyday Living: Shopping with the Impressionists–Inside Fashion, Manet & Renoir

Fashion is timeless.  Here’s a blog that I wrote in June, 2013 in connection with a special exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the Impressionists and the art of fashion.



Fashion is absolutely necessary for a painter. It’s what matters the most.

Edouard Manet, 1881*

Illustrated journals and magazines advertising the newest fashions were quickly becoming mandatory reading for every stylish woman in the Paris of artists Manet and Renoir.  La Vie Parisienne, La Mode Illustree, and La Derniere Mode, among a host of similar publications, could be seen everywhere in the French capital, from a public cafe, where a female customer absorbs the details of the current trend in dresses and accessories (while ignoring her beer),



Edouard Manet, Woman Reading, 1879/80, oil on canvas, The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois


to the privacy of an apartment parlor or sitting room.**



Pierre Auguste-Renoir, Young Woman Reading an Illustrated Journal, c. 1880, oil on canvas, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI



*Quote of Edouard Manet (1832-1883)  and other information is from Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity by Gloria Groom and other authors (catalogue for the exhibition), published by the Art Institute of Chicago in association with the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Musee d’Orsay, Chicago, 2012.

**The model in Young Woman Reading an Illustrated Journal by Renoir (1841-1919) has been identified as Aline Charigot, his future wife.

The above images are used solely for educational purposes.







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