Complete video at http://fora.tv/2012/02/22/Fashioning_the_Mistress_Gloria_Groom
Curator of European Painting at The Art Institute of Chicago Gloria Groom explains how Renoir's mistress, Lise Trehot, helped launch his career. Lise Trehot posed for nearly 20 of Renoir's early paintings, between 1866-1872.
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.