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Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity

My mom and I headed over to Chicago for the day, for a long overdue peek at the Art Institute’s latest exhibition, Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity. The internationally celebrated exhibit explores the connection between art and fashion amidst the high-fashion realm of late 19th century Paris, captured by the Impressionist works of Renoir, Caillebotte, Monet, Degas and Seurat (amongst many others), as well as the leading fashion portraitists of the period. Although the exhibition is saturated with striking displays of fabrics, accessories and fashion plates, the star of the exhibit is most certainly the couplings of life-size figure paintings with the outfits which inspired them, STUNNING!

Albert Bartholomé, In the Conservatory, c. 1881, Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Albert Bartholomé, In the Conservatory, c. 1881, Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Summer dress worn by Madame Bartholomé in the painting In the Conservatory, French, 1880, Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Summer dress worn by Madame Bartholomé in the painting In the Conservatory, French, 1880, Musée d’Orsay, Paris

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If you’re in the Chicago area, make sure to catch the fabulous exhibition, before its departure on September 29th! Stop by Undressed: The Fashion of Privacy as well, a beautiful counterpart to Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity, displayed in the Jean and Steven Goldman Prints and Drawings Galleries in the Richard and Mary L. Gray Wing. I have such a weakness for small intimate works on paper, and this exhibit has some gems by Vallotton, Munch, Cassatt, and Toulouse-Lautrec.

Edvard Munch, Boys Bathing, 1899, Color woodcut from two blocks (one sawn into two sections) on cream card

Félix Edouard Vallotton, Laziness, 1896, Woodcut printed in black on ivory wove paper

Mary Cassatt, Printed with Leroy, Woman Bathing, 1890-91, Color aquatint, with drypoint from three plates, on off-white laid paper

 

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Wedding Hair

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864–1901)
Le Coiffeur (The hair dresser); Theater program for the plays Une Faillite and Le Poète Et Le Financier, 1893 (first edition)
Color lithograph

Monday I’ll be going to the Neroli Salon & Spa in Milwaukee’s Third Ward for my wedding hair trial. I had originally decided on something similar to the loose updo spotted on BHLDN. But, after coming across Style Me Pretty‘s latest beauty shoot by Jose Villa, I’m enamored with the idea of tousled waves pulled partly back. Which to choose!

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MAM After Dark

MAM After Dark is a monthly after-hours event at the Milwaukee Art Museum, centered around the museum’s featured exhibition. Tonight’s MAM After Dark: Cancan, highlighting the current exhibition “Posters of Paris: Toulouse-Lautrec and His Contemporaries,” offered a peek at the Brew City Bombshells Burlesque Troupe, French cuisine by Milwaukee’s Coquette Cafe, wine tasting, and live music by Milwaukee Hot Club. Though I didn’t get to stay long, it’s always fun to experience the featured exhibition amid a setting that emulates the energy and spirit of the works themselves. Although French poster exhibits have been exhausted many times over, “Posters of Paris” was still a joy to visit, the sheer scale of choice works quite stunning, the selection—an engaging mixture of instantly recognizable prints (that adorned many of our dorm room walls, including mine) and novel preparatory studies, which allowed wonderful insight into each artist’s design process.

Leonetto Cappiello (Italian, 1875-1942)
Chocolat Klaus, 1903
Color lithograph

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Divan Japonais, 1893
Color Lithograph

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