WORKING GIRLS: THE MILLINERS OF NINETEENTH-CENTURY PARIS
In the Farrell Auditorium
In celebration of Women’s History Month, join us to learn about the milliners who created the hats that fascinated Degas and his Impressionist circle. Nineteenth-century Paris was a “ladies’ paradise,” in novelist Emile Zola’s phrase. Exuberant hats adorned with exotic flowers and feathers were displayed in luxurious boutiques and vast, gleaming department stores, and modeled by aristocrats and celebrities. But the Impressionist artist Edgar Degas didn’t paint the glittering surface of Parisian society; instead, he was fascinated by the “the red hands of the little girl who is holding the pins.” This lecture will introduce famous milliners like Esther Meyer, Caroline Reboux, Madame Josse, and Madame Georgette as well as the anonymous petits mains (“little hands”) who created one-of-a-kind works of art, often in oppressive or dangerous working conditions.
Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell, art historian
This program is made possible by the Mary Strauss Women in the Arts Endowment.
March 3, 2017 - 7:00 PM
Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended.
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Saint Louis Art Museum
1 Fine Arts Drive , Saint Louis, Missouri 63110