Renoir Art Expert: 'Renoir Really Doesn't Do Chic'
The Frick Collection - The Frick Collection
The great impressionist Renoir was at the heart of the democracy of fashion in the 1870s and 1880s. The period after the fall of the Second Empire in France saw huge developments in the fashion industry, not just in haute couture, but also in the greater availability of ready-to-wear clothes and in the emergence of Paris’s shopping culture. More people than ever before expressed an interest in fashion trends, a phenomenon that was reflected in contemporary art and literature. This lecture explores some of the ways in which Renoir depicted fashion and fabrics in his paintings."