Tuesday, April 23, 2013

C'est très chic! ~ Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity at the Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has breached the gap between fashion and art with this show! As an artist, I find it very interesting in how modern life reflects art, and art reflects modern life. In the time of the Impressionists (think Claude Monet, Eduoard Manet, Frederic Bazille, and so on) a writer and art critic named Charles Pierre Baudelaire called for "Painters of modern life". One way that many artists did this was by painting the modern Parisian scenes, with modern Parisian people, wearing, of course, modern Parisian clothing

This shows shows antique gown and suits that date back to the early 19th century. You can not imagine how tiny the women were at that time! No wonder they could create such extravagant looking gowns. Many of the dresses displayed can be seen worn by models in the paintings presented. It is an incredible way of bringing the viewer in touch with the human stories behind the work on the walls. The show closes in May, but I guarantee that its worth taking time to see  in the next couple of weeks! I saw older adults, teenagers, and little girls wearing barrets and Mary-janes walking around in the gallery. This show will interest and entertain almost anyone!


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