Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity at Met Revitalizes an Old Age

“The latest fashion…is absolutely necessary for a painting. It’s what matters most,” read  a quotation by Edouard Manet displayed at the entrance of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity, on view from Feb. 26 to May 27. The Paris-centric exhibition reveals how painters from the mid-1860s to the mid-1880s “embrace la mode (fashion) as the harbinger of la modernité (modernity),” as the website description for the exhibit explains.

Featuring the most important art works of Impressionism and its contemporaries, such as Monet’s “Luncheon on the Grass,” the exhibition is a must-see for those who crave the opportunity to see precious 19th-century modernist artworks selected from museums such as Musée d’Orsay, The Art Institute of Chicago, and the National Portrait Gallery in London.

By presenting more than 80 paintings accompanied by period apparel—such as a gray and green striped silk day dress that sets the stage for Monet’s captivating

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