The premier event of the fall season at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris is the "Impressionism and Fashion" exhibition, which runs from September 25, 2012 to January 20, 2013. The exhibition has been organized jointly by the Musée d’Orsay, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Art Institute of Chicago.
Although known especially for their genius in capturing the movements of nature in their landscapes, the Impressionists also revolutionized other types of painting. Their visual acuity made them discerning observers of the changes that shaped modern urban life and the behavior of city-dwellers.
The Musée d’Orsay has orchestrated a vibrant juxtaposition of paintings by Impressionist masters and clothes from the period. Monet’s Women in the Garden, Degas’ Portraits at the Stock Exchange and Nana by Manet are displayed alongside dresses—sometimes the very dress worn in the painting—plus hats and other 19th century accessories from the collections of the Musée Galliera.
Sixty masterpieces by Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Caillebotte and others–some of which have not been shown in Paris for several decades—will be on display with fifty dresses and accessories, offering a unique panorama of women’s fashion during the Impressionist period.