Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade

Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade

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Though best known for his depictions of dancers and bathers, Edgar Degas repeatedly returned to the subject of millinery over the course of three decades. In masterpieces such as The Millinery Shop (1879-86) and The Milliners (ca. 1898), he captured scenes of milliners fashioning and women wearing elaborate, colorful hats. Featuring sumptuous paintings, pastels, and preparatory drawings by Degas, Cassatt, Manet, Renoir, and Toulouse-Lautrec, among others, this generously illustrated book surveys the millinery industry of 19th-century Paris. Peppered throughout with photographs, posters, and prints of French hats, this book includes essays that explore Degas's particular interest in the millinery trade; the tension between modern fashion and reverence for history and the grand art-historical tradition; a chronicle of Parisian milliners from Caroline Reboux to Coco Chanel; and examples of how the millinery trade is depicted in literature. Brilliantly linking together the worlds of industry, art, and fashion, this groundbreaking book examines the fundamental role of hats and hat-makers in 19th-century culture
Publisher: San Francisco, CA : Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco-Legion of Honor ; Munich : DelMonico Books, an imprint of Prestel, a member of Verlagsgruppe Random House GmbH, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9783791356211
3791356216
Characteristics: 295 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 30 cm

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