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Degas, Impressionism, and the French Millinery Trade

Legion of Honor Museum, San Francisco

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This exhibition features approximately 40 Impressionist paintings and pastels, including key works by Degas – many never before exhibited in the US – as well as pieces by Renoir, Manet, and Toulouse-Lautrec, alongside 40 exquisite examples of period hats. Best known for his depictions of Parisian dancers, Degas was enthralled with another aspect of life in the French capital – high-fashion hats. His fascination inspired a visually compelling body of work that documents the lives of what one fashion writer of the day called ‘the aristocracy of the workwomen of Paris, the most elegant and distinguished’. The exhibition will be the first to examine the height of the millinery trade in Paris, from around 1875 to 1914, as reflected in the work of the Impressionists. Find out more about the Degas exhibition from the Legion of Honor’s website.

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The Millinery Shop (1879–86), Edgar Degas. The Art Institute of Chicago. © Bridgeman Images. Image courtesy the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

The Millinery Shop (1879–86), Edgar Degas. The Art Institute of Chicago. © Bridgeman Images. Image courtesy the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

At the Milliner's (La Modiste) (1881), Édouard Manet. Image courtesy the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

At the Milliner’s (La Modiste) (1881), Édouard Manet. Image courtesy the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Woman's hat (c. 1900, with alterations), Maison Virot. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Image courtesy the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Woman’s hat (c. 1900, with alterations), Maison Virot. Image courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Man’s top hat (1915–30), E. Motsch. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Image courtesy the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Man’s top hat (1915–30), E. Motsch. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Image courtesy the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

The Shop Girl (1883–85), James Tissot. Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Image courtesy the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

The Shop Girl (1883–85), James Tissot. Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Image courtesy the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

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