Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade (Hardcover)

Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade By Simon Kelly, Esther Bell Cover Image

Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade (Hardcover)

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Filled with beautiful works by Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, and other Impressionist painters, this richly illustrated book showcases artistic portrayals of France’s millinery trade during the Belle Époque. Filled with beautiful works by Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, and other Impressionist painters, this richly illustrated book showcases artistic portrayals of France’s millinery trade during the Belle Époque. 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, colorful hats. Featuring sumptuous paintings, pastels, and preparatory drawings by Degas, Cassatt, Manet, Renoir, and Toulouse-Lautrec, among others, this generously illustrated book 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. Brilliantly linking together the worlds of industry, art, and fashion, this groundbreaking book examines the fundamental role of hats and hat-makers in 19th-century culture.
SIMON KELLY is Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Saint Louis Art Museum.
Product Details ISBN: 9783791356211
ISBN-10: 3791356216
Publisher: Prestel
Publication Date: March 30th, 2017
Pages: 296
Language: English
"Degas, Impressionism, and the Millinery Trade is an original and ground breaking study that insightfully examines the fundamental role of hats and hat-makers in 19th-century culture. Exceptionally 'reader friendly' in organization and presentation, Degas, Impressionism, and the Millinery Trade is an extraordinary, unique, primary, and instructive study that is very highly recommended."

-Midwest Book Review