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Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Woman with Black Hair (detail), c. 1911. BF1. Public Domain.

Free; reservations required

About the Event

December is Member Appreciation Month!

Join Martha Lucy, Barnes deputy director for research, interpretation and education, for a lively talk exploring the toilette imagery of Renoir and his contemporaries. Toilette scenes, which show women bathing, powdering, applying makeup, and lacing up corsets, were extremely popular in late-19th-century Paris as they allowed a glimpse into an aspect of daily life normally kept private. Renoir’s unusual approach to the subject reveals much about his attitudes toward women and modernity.