Exhibition at the museum

Impressionism and Fashion

From September 25th, 2012 to January 20th, 2013 -
Musée d'Orsay
Esplanade Valéry Giscard d'Estaing
75007 Paris
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Edouard Manet-Jeune dame en 1866, dite aussi la femme au perroquet
Edouard Manet
Jeune dame en 1866, dite aussi la femme au perroquet, 1866
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
don d'Erwin Davis, 1889
© The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / image of the MMA / DR

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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