Edgar Degas (1834–1917), who chose expensive clothes and fine hats for himself, “did not hesitate to come into ecstasy in front of the fashion shop”, wrote the artist’s friend Paul Gauguin. Nevertheless, despite the fact that the theme of headdresses was an important moment in the creative heritage of Degas, very little attention has been paid to its place in impressionistic iconography so far.
“Displaced compositions, figures cut off by the edge of the canvas, unexpected objects, cutting and obscuring the main characters, as if by chance caught, reportage moments. Edgar Degas, in all his favorite subjects, sought and wrote, first of all, the movement ... ”, - read about the peculiarities of the artist’s work here.
Left: Edgar Degas, "Self-Portrait in a Soft Hat" (1858)
In earlier works, the American artist Mary Cassat posed for Degas, but on this canvas his models were vague and generalized.Paris, AvrЖan street Bero 1882, 35.2 × 27.3 cm However, the painting was “face” of the exhibition by Degas - “Ladies' Shop” from the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. This canvas is perhaps the most ambitious statement of the artist on the "hat" theme. At first glance, a young woman is a craftswoman who inspects the work of her hands. This is indicated, for example, by pursed lips, in which she seems to hold a pin. But, on the other hand, it can also be a client who chooses a headdress for herself, since she has an expensive dress with fur trim and kid gloves. X-ray study showed that Degas originally depicted a customer, but later removed some of the details that could be used defineLadies' shopEdgar Degas1885, 99 × 109 cmOther paintings and drawings for the exhibition “Degas, Impressionism” You probably know a lot about impressionism: you will call the names of leading artists in the museum, and you will easily find a hall in the museum where the water surface flickers and the same motif is written in different times of day, and for sure about the scandal at the first exhibition, remember, and even Monet from Manet distinguish. So, it's time to move on to the next level: everything else you wanted to learn about impressionism. Read further and ladies' hats in Paris ”were sent by private collectors and major US museums, as well as the Kurto Art Institute (London), the New Glyptotek Carlsberg (Copenhagen), the Orsay Museum (Paris), the Art Gallery of Ontario, and other institutions in Europe and America.
- Mary Cassatt, "Young Woman in Black. Portrait Portrait - a realistic genre depicting an actual person or group of people. Portrait - in French reading - portrait, from old French portraire -" reproduce something feature in the dash. "Another face of the name portrait is covered in the obsolete word "parsuna" - from the Latin person. - person; person ". Read more Madame J." (1873)
- Berthe Morisot, "The Girl on the Grass. Mademoiselle Isabel Lambert" (1885)
The exhibition presents not only paintings and drawings, but also hats of the time. They demonstrate how the greatest fashion mistresses of the era — such as Carolyn Rabu, Madame Georgette and Jeanne Lanwen — approached the design and mastered the materials perfectly.
Left: Madame Georgette's woman's hat (c. 1910); black lace and artificial flowers on a wire frame. Collection of Philadelphia Museum of Art