Dressing with Brushstrokes


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The poet Charles Baudelaire once defined modernity as “the ephemeral, the fugitive, the contingent.” A walk through the Met’s “Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity” exhibition, on display until May 27, reveals these qualities in the wispy brushstrokes and lace of Monet and Tissot paintings next to the flouncy gowns that inspired them.

The exhibition has “a lot of paintings in one place that may never be together in our lifetimes,” says Barnard art history professor Anne Higonnet. “It’s offering an extremely interesting interpretation of the relationship between impressionism and fashion.”

The exhibit’s gallery moves chronologically and by subject matter through the 19th century’s changing styles of dress and painting—from more formal, clean portraits with subjects attired in heavy, colorful dresses (seemingly uncharacteristic of Monet) to looser, sketchier depictions of subjects in white dresses that are

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