Charles Frederick Worth (French (born England), Bourne 1825–1895 Paris)
Gift of Estate of Mrs. Pierpont Morgan, 1925
Not on view
Autumn leaves decorate a silk dress the bronzed color of the season and its leaves. Never melancholy in their majesty, the leaves remind us of Homer's phrase: "like leaves on trees the race of man is found, Now green in youth, now withering on the ground: another race the following spring supplies; they fall successive, and successive rise." The dress is likewise an allegory cognizant of the season and of a cycle of life and death.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Four Seasons," April 8, 1997–August 17, 1997.