"Impressionism and fashion" at Musée d'Orsay in Paris

From September 25, 2012 to January 20, 2013
"Impressionism and fashion" at Musée d'Orsay in Paris 75007 Paris fr

The exhibition has been organised by the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and The Art Institute of Chicago. It has been produced in Paris with the special participation of the Musée Galliera – Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris.

Discover some sixty masterpieces by Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas and Caillebotte. Some of them have not been shown in Paris for many years, for example Renoir’s portrait of Madame Charpentier et ses enfants [Madame Charpentier and her Children] (New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art), Manet’s Nana (Hamburg, Hamburger Kunsthalle) exhibited at the Manet retrospective in 1983 (Grand Palais National Galleries), and The Theatre Box by Renoir from the Courtauld Institute in London.

For a better understanding of the Impressionists’ approach, their works will be displayed alongside those of their contemporaries - Tissot and Stevens for example – who concentrated even more on portraying Parisian women and the elegant society of the Second Empire and the early days of the Third Republic.

But comparing these images with the real thing is much more instructive. And for this, a display of around fifty dresses and accessories, including ten hats, presents an overview of women’s fashion at the time of the Impressionists, a fashion that was mainly characterised by the gradual abandonment of the crinoline in favour of the bustle. Men’s fashion, less varied and more uniform, is evoked through some twenty pieces.

And finally, an important documentary display brings together designs, fashion plates, fashion magazines, including La dernière Mode, a short-lived review edited by Mallarmé, and photographs from the Disdéri studio.

Opening hours

Daily, except Monday, from 9.30am to 6pm; Thursdays until 9.45pm.

Admission fees and rates

  • Full rate: 12 €
  • Reduced rate: 9,50 €

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