Gustave Caillebotte (French, 1848–1894)
Paris Street; Rainy Day, 1877
Oil on canvas; 83 1/2 x 108 3/4 in. (212.2 x 276.2 cm)
The Art Institute of Chicago, Charles H. and Mary F. S. Worcester Collection
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is about to close one of its best Impressionism exhibition in years. That says a lot - as the Met owns some of the most outstanding examples of Impressionism on the planet, thanks to Louisine Havemeyer, whose buddy Impressionist Mary Cassatt gave her an insider's advantage.
However, Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity is something else entirely. Here the curators added display cases full of clothing and accessories from the era, as well as the fashion magazines oozing with au current fashion terminology. It's all toute Paris among the gauzy muslims and embroidered piqués. Most of the clothes are similar to the ones depicted in the paintings. One dress, in Albert Bartholomé's In the Conservatory (Madame Bartholomé), c. 1881, is on view.
Albert Bartholomé (French, 1848–1928)
In the Conservatory (Madame Bartholomé), ca. 1881
Oil on canvas; 91 3/4 x 56 1/8 in. (233 x 142.5 cm)
Musée d'Orsay, Paris, Gift of the Société des Amis du Musée d'Orsay, 1990
Summer Day Dress Worn by Madame Bartholomé in the Painting In the Conservatory
White cotton printed with purple dots and stripes
Musée d'Orsay, Paris, Gift of the Galerie Charles and André Bailly, 1991
Beth New York
aka Beth S. Gersh-Nesic, Ph.D.
New York Arts Exchange