By 1860, Paris was the style capital--as well as art capital--of the world.
The fashion industry was booming. Off-the-rack clothing made new styles available to vast numbers of men and women, the department store was on the rise, and fashion magazines flew off the shelves.
Impressionists and other modern artists were fascinated by the innovative, changeable qualities of the new fashion industry.
For Manet, Monet, Renoir, and others, fashion was synonymous with modernity and whether they were fashioning the model or inspired by their models’ fashions, la mode played a key role in the development of their art.
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An internationally acclaimed scholar and author on 19th century French painting, Gloria Groom is chair of European painting and sculpture and the David and Mary Winton Green Curator at The Art Institute of Chicago. Her current exhibition projects include Monet and Chicago (opening May 10 at the Art Institute) and a highly focused career-retrospective on Paul Cezanne in collaboration with Tate Modern, 2021-2022.
Image: Gloria Groom.