On View: Degas and Impressionism at the Legion of Honor
The Degas exhibit has ended. Please visit the Legion of Honor for current exhibitions.
A new special exhibition at the Legion of Honor this summer takes a closer look at the work of impressionist artist Edgar Degas and his particular attraction in paintings to high-fashion hats and the women who created them. Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade, on view June 24-Sept. 24, features 60 impressionist paintings and pastels, including key works by Degas and others, including Renoir, Manet, Cassatt, and Toulouse-Lautrec. Forty exquisite examples of period hats will also be on display.
Best known for depictions of Parisian dancers and laundresses, Edgar Degas (1834-1917) was enthralled with another aspect of of life in the French capital: the millinery trade. The artist, invariably well-dressed and be-hatted himself, "dared to go into ecstasies in front of the milliners' shops," wrote Paul Gauguin of his friend. This fascination inspired a visually compelling and profoundly modern body of work that documents the lives of what one fashion writer of the day called "the aristocracy of the work-women of Paris, the most elegant and distinguished." Despite the importance of millinery within Degas's work, there has been little discussion of its place in Impressionist study.
This exhibition will be the first to examine the height of the millinery trade in Paris, from around 1875 to 1914, as reflected in the work of the Impressionists. At this time, there were around 1,000 milliners working in what was then considered the fashion capital of the world.
Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade is on view June 24-Sept. 24, 2017. The Legion of Honor is located in Lincoln Park, in a spectacular setting overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the Golden Gate Bridge. Tickets to this special exhibition include general admission, and same-day access to the de Young Museum. Tickets may be purchased on-site or online at the Legion of Honor.
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