This month marks the launching of an extensive exhibition devoted to Impressionism and fashion, in a cooperative venture between Paris' Musée d'Orsay, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Art Institute of Chicago. The showing was inspired by Charles Baudelaire's essay The Painter of Modern Life (1863), which, among other things, discusses the significance of the "daily metamorphosis of exterior things" in the works of Impressionist painters.
Eagerly providing an account of contemporary life, Impressionism favoured the representation of human figures in their daily surroundings and captured the "modern" man in his routine activities, both in the city and in the countryside. Already then, Paris was the world's prime fashion metropolis, with the aesthetic trends of the day serving as sources of inspiration that were just as powerful as the city's architectural masterpieces. The exhibition features artworks by Monet, Renoir, Degas and other well-known Impressionists, together with clothing from the late 19th and early 20th century, offering a striking and informative overview of both fashion and art from that time period.
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Keywords: Paris, exhibition