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FASCINATING ART DISPLAYS by Terry Trucco

Dress Up Literary buffs know the glamorous Duchess of Guermantes as the epitome of haute. And like many characters from “In Search of Lost Time,” the inspiration for Marcel Proust’s alluring aristocrat was a real person. An auburn-haired beauty, Élisabeth de CaramanChimay (1860–1952) sported sumptuous gowns by Jeanne Lanvin and Nina Ricci and, like a fin de siècle Daphne Guinness, viewed frocks like this House of Worth tea dress (left, ca. 1897) as art. “Proust’s Muse, the Countess Greffulhe” celebrates her life and wardrobe. | The Museum at FIT, 227 W. 27th St., 212.217.4558, thru Jan. 7, 2017

Two Faces of Adele

As a stylish (and wealthy) Viennese socialite, Adele Bloch-Bauer (1881–1925) was a natural subject for the great Vienna Secessionist Gustav Klimt (1862–1918). Indeed, he painted her twice. “Klimt and the Women of Vienna’s Golden Age, 1900–1918” reunites “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I” (1907), the iconic subject of the 2015 movie “Woman in Gold,” and “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II” (above, 1912) for the first time in over a decade. | Neue Galerie, 1048 Fifth Ave., 212.628.6200, thru Jan. 16, 2017

More Than Stripes

In 1982, Irish-born painter Sean Scully had an epiphany. A successful minimalist, he sensed something missing from his hardedge bands and lines. If painting was to move forward, it meant putting back what he believed had been stripped out, namely “the ability to make relationships, to be metaphorical and referential, spiritual, poetic.” In “Sean Scully: The Eighties,” paintings like “By Night and by Day” (left, 1983) show how Scully employed moody colors, overlapping layers of pigment and expressive brushwork to create sensual geometrics imbued with romantic explorations of color, light and texture. | Mnuchin Gallery, 45 E. 78th St., 212.861.7858, thru Oct. 22

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PHOTOS: SEAN SCULLY, “BY NIGHT AND BY DAY,” 1983, COURTESY MNUCHIN GALLERY. ART ©SEAN SCULLY; GUSTAV KLIMT, “PORTRAIT OF ADELE BLOCH-BAUER II,“ 1912, PRIVATE COLLECTION; HOUSE OF WORTH TEA GOWN, BLUE CUT VELVET ON GREEN SATIN BACKGROUND, ©STÉPHANE PIERA/GALLIERA/ROGER-VIOLLET

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