Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade
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, colourful hats.
Featuring paintings, pastels, and preparatory drawings by Degas, Cassatt, Manet, Renoir, and Toulouse-Lautrec, among others, this richly illustrated exhibition catalogue accompanying a show at the Saint Louis Art Museum and Legion of Honor 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. Artfully linking together the worlds of industry, art, and fashion, this book examines the fundamental role of hats and hat-makers in 19th-century culture.
- Author: Esther Bell
- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Date published: February 2017
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-3791356211
- Product Dimensions: 30.0 x 24.0 cm