The Art Institute of Chicago’s current exhibit “Impressionism, Fashion, And Modernity,” broke attendance records when it opened at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and also had a successful run at the Metropolitan Museum in New York before opening in Chicago this summer. It closes here September 22, and we highly recommend allowing an hour or two to view this carefully curated exhibit.
Familiar favorites are on display such as Caillebotte’s “Paris Street; Rainy Day,” and Seurat’s “Sunday on La Grande Jatte,” as well as works on loan including paintings by Tissot, Cassatt, Bartholomé and others. Along side the art work are examples of fashions worn by real women – albeit with incredibly tiny waists – including gowns and undergarments as well as parasols, fans gloves, shoes and other accessories. Attention is given to the fashion plates which inspired and in some cases were copied by artists in their work.
Related exhibits are mounted in galleries throughout the Art Institute. Plates from period fashion magazines are displayed in the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries. For further information and hours visit the Art Institute website http://www.artic.edu, or call 312-443-3600.
If you appreciate the flavor of the times, we invite you to visit Ritzlin gallery to browse through the scores of fashion plates currently in stock. These are mainly steel engravings with original hand color from “Le Mode Parisiennes,” “Le Monde Elegant,” “Le Mode Illustree,” “Moniteur Des Dames,” and others. Prices for these original 19th century prints range from $45.00 to $100.00