Impressionism and Fashion at the Musee d’Orsay – Paris

Impressionism and Fashion at the Musee d’Orsay – ParisImpressionism and Fashion at the Musee d’Orsay – Paris

T his groundbreaking exhibition focuses on how Degas, Manet, Monet, Renoir and their creative contemporaries portrayed modern life and particularly fashionable dress between 1860 and 1880. Although they did not strive to realistically render clothing, the Impressionists nevertheless did document the fashions and attitudes of their time.

They achieved this through their attention to the “daily metamorphosis of exterior things” as Baudelaire observed and through their consideration of portraiture as a snapshot of a person in their familiar surroundings. This presentation gathers together 74 paintings and a range of fashion illustrations from the Musée d’Orsay’s own collection as well as that of major museums around the world.

The exhibit is spread across nine galleries including two where the paintings are displayed on mirrored runways in a humorous mash-up between fine art and fashion week.  Juxtaposed against the canvases are 60 spectacular period gowns including several that appear in the paintings themselves as well as accessories like shoes, gloves, bags, parasols and a corset.

Among the tour-de-force works gathered together for the presentation are Manet’s “La Parisienne” and “La Dame”,  Renoir’s “Dance in the City” and ” Madame Charpentier and Her Children’  plus the remaining fragments of  Monet’s version of “Dejeuner sur l’herbe”.

Exhibition Official Site
 

Manet – “La Dame” – 1873

Renoir – “Madame Charpentier and her Children” – 1878

 

Orsay Museum
(Musée d’Orsay)
62, rue de Lille
75343 Paris France
(1) 40-49-48-14
 

September 25, 2012 through January 20, 2013

Visiting Hours:

Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Open Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.
Closed on Monday.
Closed for holidays on January 1, May 1 and December 25.
 

Admission:

€12 for a combined ticket offering access to the permanent collection plus special temporary exhibitions.
€14 for a combined ticket offering access to the permanent collection plus special temporary exhibitions as well as entrance to the Orangerie Museum (Musée de l’Orangerie) if used within four days of purchase.
€6.50 for 18 – 25 year olds who are not EU citizens or residents.
€6.50 for everyone after 4:30 p.m. except Thursdays.
€6.50 for everyone on Thursdays after 6 p.m.
Free admission for all visitors under 18 years of age.
 
Purchase Tickets Online
 

 

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