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Monday 25 April 2011

Madame Grès: Couture at Work

On my most recent trip to Paris I was lucky enough to see an advert on the Metro for an exhibition held in the Musée Bourdelle.

Antoine Bourdelle (1861-1929) was a sculptor who studied under Rodin and lived in the Montparnasse area of Paris. The Musée Bourdelle is located in the building of his studio, where he also lived, and now has an exceptional collection of plaster sculptures, bronzes, paintings and graphic works.

At the museum there was also an exhibition of the work of Madame Grès: “Madame Grès: Couture at Work”. She created a range of exceptional work from the 1930s to 70s; Grès always said she wanted to be a sculptor so her exquisite dresses are draped and sculpted like beautiful statues.

Her work is interwoven beautifully amongst Bourdelle’s magnificent statues and the two artists complement each other to make a fantastic exhibition. Read the New York Times review

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