Drawing from the research for an exhibition about Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity (2012-2013), Dr. Gloria Groom will explore why and how painters in the late 19th century, including Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet, and Édouard Manet, embraced fashion trends as they sought to capture modern life on canvas. In a time of rapid change, fashion was the embodiment of all that was ephemeral, changing, and therefore exciting and appealing for the vanguard. “The latest fashion, you see,” said Manet, “is absolutely necessary for a painter. It’s what matters most.” Gloria will look at how the avant-garde Impressionists and their circle “fashioned” their models who were many times both muse and mistress, for wider artistic goals.
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