To explore Impressionism by the yardstick of fashion... This is Musée d’Orsay’s new ambition, in collaboration with the Art Institute of Chicago and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Anxious to represent contemporary life, Impressionist painters emphasised the representation of the human figure in an everyday environment. The subject was "modern" man going about his usual activities, in the city and the country.
Although they were not interested in scrupulous representation of physiognomy, costume and dress, the Impressionists nevertheless recorded the fashions and attitudes of their time. From an aesthetic position, the reality of people and dress in the period from 1860 to 1880 underwent an undeniable transfiguration.
Musée d'Orsay - 5, Quai Anatole France - Paris 7e
25 September 2012 – 20 January 2013
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