Gloria Groom: "Fashioning the Mistress"

"Fashioning the Mistress," by Gloria Groom, The Art Institute of Chicago, February 22, 2012.  Between 1866 and 1872 Renoir featured his mistress Lise Tréhot in more than thirty paintings, ranging from small and intimate genre scenes to the full-length canvases that he exhibited. Tréhot, wearing the most up-to-the-minute fashions, served as Renoir's calling card by advertising the artist as a painter of modern life, and especially of the fashionable Parisienne. This lecture will explore Renoir's access and relationship to the burgeoning fashion industry and Tréhot's collaborative role in helping to launch his artistic career.