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Hats & Headwear, Themes in Art

If there’s something missing from contemporary life, aside from confidence in our leaders and a large portion of the world’s glaciers, it’s fashionable headwear. In 1954, in the United States, the now ubiquitous baseball cap was popularized by players of the sport, and today, the cotton cap with the adjustable brim has become an unavoidable head-borne virus worldwide. So, let us invite you into an archive of headwear spanning 3500 years. You’ll see broad brims and flouncy bonnets, wolf skins, peasant cowls and Germany’s Neolithic golden cones. We humbly offer this library as inspiration to you dear reader, and hope it sparks the desire to usher in a new era of wild, diverse, and extravagant headwear.

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Antonin Proust, Édouard Manet

Antonin Proust Édouard Manet, 1880

Anxiety, Edvard Munch

Anxiety Edvard Munch, 1894

Arnolfini Portrait, Jan Van Eyck

Arnolfini Portrait Jan Van Eyck, 1434

Avanton Gold Cone, Bronze Age

Avanton Gold Cone 1000 – 900BCE

Berlin Gold Hat, Bronze Age

Berlin Gold Hat 1000 – 800BCE

Child in Sombrero, Tina Modotti

Child in Sombrero Tina Modotti, 1927

Elles (portfolio cover), Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Elles (portfolio cover) Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1896

Femme debout à la capeline, Marie Laurencin

Femme debout à la capeline Marie Laurencin, 1913

Fortune Teller, Caravaggio

Fortune Teller Caravaggio, 1594

Gamin, Augusta Savage

Gamin Augusta Savage, 1929

Girl in White, Vincent Van Gogh

Girl in White Vincent Van Gogh, 1890

Girl with a Flute, Johannes Vermeer

Girl with a Flute Johannes Vermeer, 1665

Girl with the Red Hat, Johannes Vermeer

Girl with the Red Hat Johannes Vermeer, 1665 – 1666

Girl with Yellow Hat, Norman Lewis

Girl with Yellow Hat Norman Lewis, 1936

Golden Hat of Schifferstadt, Bronze Age

Golden Hat of Schifferstadt 1400 – 1300BCE

Head of Man with Bows, Ancient Egypt

Head of Man with Bows 1479BCE

His Hair Flows Like a River, T. C. Cannon

His Hair Flows Like a River T. C. Cannon, 1973 – 1977

Indian with Beaded Headdress, T. C. Cannon

Indian with Beaded Headdress T. C. Cannon, 1978

Indian with Beer Can, Fritz Scholder

Indian with Beer Can Fritz Scholder, 1969

Jeanne Pontillon Wearing a Hat, Berthe Morisot

Jeanne Pontillon Wearing a Hat Berthe Morisot, 1893

Jolly Toper, Judith Leyster

Jolly Toper Judith Leyster, 1629

La Plume Jaune, Jean Metzinger

La Plume Jaune Jean Metzinger, 1912

Lydia Crocheting in the Garden at Marly, Mary Cassatt

Lydia Crocheting in the Garden at Marly Mary Cassatt, 1880 – 1880

On the Terrace at Sèvres with Fantin-Latour, Marie Bracquemond

On the Terrace at Sèvres with Fantin-Latour Marie Bracquemond, 1880

Portrait of a Lady, Rogier van der Weyden

Portrait of a Lady Rogier van der Weyden, 1460

Portrait of a Lady with Binoculars, Anna Bilińska-Bohdanowicz

Portrait of a Lady with Binoculars Anna Bilińska-Bohdanowicz, 1884

Portrait of Armand Roulin, Vincent Van Gogh

Portrait of Armand Roulin Vincent Van Gogh, 1888

Portrait of Cézanne, Camille Pissarro

Portrait of Cézanne Camille Pissarro, 1874

Portrait of Comtesse de Cérès, Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun

Portrait of Comtesse de Cérès Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, 1784

Portrait of Comtesse de la Châtre, Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun

Portrait of Comtesse de la Châtre Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, 1789

Portrait of Felix Pissarro, Camille Pissarro

Portrait of Felix Pissarro Camille Pissarro, 1881

Portrait of Freda Feldman in Basuto Hat, Irma Stern

Portrait of Freda Feldman in Basuto Hat Irma Stern, 1943

Portrait of Marie Gabrielle de Gramont, Duchesse de Caderousse, Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun

Portrait of Marie Gabrielle de Gramont, Duchesse de Caderousse Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, 1784

Portrait of Maximilian I, Albrecht Dürer

Portrait of Maximilian I Albrecht Dürer, 1519

Portrait of Pierre Loti, Henri Rousseau

Portrait of Pierre Loti Henri Rousseau, 1891

Portrait Of Rose Sélavy, Man Ray

Portrait Of Rose Sélavy Man Ray, 1921

Portrait of Sir John Herschel, Julia Margaret Cameron

Portrait of Sir John Herschel Julia Margaret Cameron, 1867

Portrait of the Artist, Mary Cassatt

Portrait of the Artist Mary Cassatt, 1878

Portrait of the Artist's Father, Albrecht Dürer

Portrait of the Artist's Father Albrecht Dürer, 1490

Portrait of Zacherie Zacharian, Edgar Degas

Portrait of Zacherie Zacharian Edgar Degas, 1886

Poster for Le Divan Japonais, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Poster for Le Divan Japonais Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1892 – 1893

Poster for the performance of Artistide Bruant, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Poster for the performance of Artistide Bruant Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1892

Red Man, Bill Traylor

Red Man Bill Traylor, 1940

Self Portrait with Fedora, Edgar Degas

Self Portrait with Fedora Edgar Degas, 1857 – 1858

Self-Portrait, Rembrandt van Rijn

Self-Portrait Rembrandt van Rijn, 1660

Self-portrait, Cristóbal Rojas Poleo

Self-portrait Cristóbal Rojas Poleo, 1887

Self-portrait in a Straw Hat, Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun

Self-portrait in a Straw Hat Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, 1782

Self-Portrait in the Studio, T. C. Cannon

Self-Portrait in the Studio T. C. Cannon, 1975

Self-Portrait with Straw Boater, Gino Severini

Self-Portrait with Straw Boater Gino Severini, 1912

Self-Portrait, 1923, Romaine Brooks

Self-Portrait, 1923 Romaine Brooks, 1923

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