Claude Monet, “Luncheon on the Grass” and a vintage, white cotton pique day dress at the Metropolitan 

Claes Oldenburg, “Two Dresses” at MOMA

The streets have long provided inspiration for artists. “Impressionism, Fashion & Modernity” at the Metropolitan Museum and “Claes Oldenburg: The Street and The Store” at MOMA in New York both illustrate the fertile ground historically provided by street fashion. In the mid-1960’s-1980’s, the Impressionists injected the vibrancy and allure of modern life as manifest in fashion into their paintings. Monet, Manet and Renoir, among others, were captivated as the emergence of fashion magazines, the advent of department stores and ready-to-wear emerged to crown Paris as the arbiter of international style.

Henri Fantin-Latour, “Edouard Manet”, 1867, 47 x 36″, oil on canvas

Claes Oldenburg, “Man’s Jacket”, MOMA

In works created 100 years after the Impressionists, Claes Oldenburg mined his own impressions from the street. His show examines two major bodies of work from 1960-1964. The representation of clothing in the these two museum exhibitions couldn’t be more different, but the impetus is a shared one.

Three corsets at the Metropolitan


Claes Oldenburg, “Lingerie”, at MOMA

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