Musée d'Orsay: Impressionism and Fashion

Impressionism and Fashion

Edouard ManetJeune dame en 1866© The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / image of the MMA
Anxious to account for contemporary life, Impressionism favoured the representation of human figures in their daily surroundings and captured the "modern" man in his routine activities, both in cities and in the countryside.

Although they did not strive to render scrupulously the physiognomy, costume or habit, the Impressionists nevertheless accounted for the fashions and attitudes of their times. They achieved this through their keenness to consider the portrait as a snapshot of a person in his/her familiar settings, through their ability to renew the genre works from the double point of view of typology and topography and above all through their attention to the "daily metamorphosis of exterior things", as Baudelaire put it.
With their aesthetic positions, the reality of men and women of the years between 1860 and 1880 and their clothes underwent an undisputable transfiguration.

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Gloria Groom, curator at the Art Institute, Chicago
Guy Cogeval, President of the Museums of Orsay and Orangerie, Paris
Philippe Thiébaut, general curator at the Musée d'Orsay, Paris
Susan Stein, curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Exhibition organised by the musée d'Orsay, Paris, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, et The Art Institute of Chicago.
Realized in Paris with the exceptional participation of the museum Galliera - Fashion Museum of the City of Paris.

Scénography :
Robert Carsen, Scénographe et directeur artistique
Nathalie Crinière, Agence NC, architecte-maître d'oeuvre

Exhibition also presented in:
New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, from 26 February to 27 May 2013
Chicago, Art Institute, from 25 June to 22 September 2013


Impressionism and Fashion
Musée d'Orsay / Skira-Flammarion

Style it with the Impressionists. Color! Cut! Create!
Musée d'Orsay / Editions courtes et longues
€ 9.90


This exhibition has been produced with the generous support of LVMH / Moët Hennessy . Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior

25 September 2012 - 20 January 2013
Musée d'Orsay
Exposition temporaire

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