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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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July Fourth

Félix Vallotton (French, 1865–1925), Fireworks (plate VI) from The World's Fair (L'Exposition Universelle) , 1901, Woodcut

Félix Vallotton (French, 1865–1925), Fireworks (plate VI) from The World’s Fair (L’Exposition Universelle) , 1901, Woodcut

Happy Fourth of July all! I’m on a major Félix Vallotton kick lately, and love his woodcut, Fireworks, from L’Exposition Universelle, held in Paris in 1900. Our apartment completed a brand new rooftop deck yesterday, just in time for Milwaukee’s fireworks display last night. Now heading to my hometown for some nostalgic parade watching, and backyard BBQ.

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Artist Inspired: Dürer

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Renowned German painter, printmaker and writer, Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528) is one of the most celebrated artistic figures of the Northern Renaissance. Dürer’s work has immensely contributed to the printmaking medium as an art form, his delicate prints ranging from religious scenes to exacting studies of animals and the human form. Feeling Dürer-inspired as of late—natural touches, animal motifs, and delicate black and white lines.

Madewell pullover sweater / Madewell fitted shirt / J.Crew j crew / Madewell boots / Madewell spike necklace

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Beach Day

I can’t get enough of this balmy weather, and plan on taking cue from Bosman’s 2003 woodcut.

Take some time this week to pull out your oversize beach towel, your favorite summer read, and find a deserted bit of beach to savor the summer.

Richard Bosman (American, b. 1944)
Glance II, 2003
Color Woodcut, ed. of 10

1 perfectly preppy Sailor’s Knot Studs from Kate Spade  2 Varanear Browline Shades by Anthropologie  3 showing just enough skin, the Basta Surf Biarritz Halter One Piece found on Piperlime  4 the Crisscross Boardwalk Sandal from Madewell  5 in love with the gorgeous design by artists Karen Kilimnik and Peter Doig for Anthropologie’s Artist Series Beach Towel 

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