Degas and Impressionism at the Legion of Honor

Another week, another fabulous art exhibition. This time it’s taking place at the Legion of Honor, now through September 24. Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade features approximately 40 Impressionist paintings and pastels, including key works by Degas—many never before exhibited in the United States—as well as those by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Édouard Manet, Mary Cassatt, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, along with 40 exquisite examples of period hats.

“Best known for his depictions of Parisian dancers and laundresses, Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917) was enthralled with another aspect of life in the French capital—high-fashion hats and the women who created them. The artist, invariably well-dressed and behatted himself, ‘dared to go into ecstasies in front of the milliners’ shops,’ Paul Gauguin wrote of his lifelong friend.”

Legion of Honor Exhibition Notes

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. At this time there were around 1,000 milliners working in what was then considered the fashion capital of the world.

Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade: Tue.–Sun., through Sept. 24, 9:30 A.M. – 5:15 P.M.,  Lincoln Park (100 34th Ave.), $28, 415.750.3600, famsf.org

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