The French are renown for many beautiful things. Wine, cheese and gourmet food, classic literature, romance… The list goes on, but for most who visit Paris what becomes the most memorable of experiences is the Art and the Fashion.
On the 25th of September at the Musée d’Orsay in the 7th Arrondissement, a new exhibition was launched entitled, ‘Impressionism And Fashion’.
The word ‘Impressionism’ is used to describe a particular set of painters who, between 1860 and 1900 were living in Paris. Depicting scenes of modern life, in leisurely settings and contemporary landscapes, some of these artists included, but was not limited to: Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Auguste Renoir, and Claude Monet.
These, amongst other Parisian artists of the time revolutionized western concepts of painting, and were the innovators of a style that many followed all over the world.
Through the honest accounts of such everyday life, these impressionists captured the style and fashion of the women & men of the period. The artists were masters at illustrating the finest details, down to the eye make up and rouge on the cheeks of Monet’s ladies on Lunch On The Grass to the jewels on the wrist of Manet’s La Parisienne.
The exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay is spectacular: each painting is paired with the article of fashion that served as inspiration and vice versa. It’s a lovely marriage that we had no trouble spending the day ogling.
For more information on the exhibit that will be ongoing till January 20th, visit www.musee-orsay.fr