Paris was the epicenter of art during the latter half of the nineteenth century, luring artists from around the world with its academies, museums, salons, and galleries. Despite the city’s cosmopolitanism and its cultural stature, Parisian society remained strikingly conservative, particularly with respect to gender. Nonetheless, many women painters chose to work and study in Paris at this time, overcoming immense obstacles to access the city’s resources.
Women Artists in Paris, 1850-1900 showcases the remarkable artistic production of women during this period of great cultural change, revealing the breadth and strength of their creative achievements. Guest Curator Laurence Madeline (Chief Curator at Musées d’art et d’histoire, Geneva) has selected close to seventy compelling paintings by women of varied nationalities, ranging from well-known artists such as Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt, and Rosa Bonheur, to lesser-known figures such as Kitty Kielland, Louise Breslau, and Anna Ancher.
Drawn from prominent collections in Europe and the United States, this rich and beautiful survey is organized in loose thematic groupings to highlight common subjects to which women artists were drawn, or which they embraced due to the gender-based constraints they encountered.
The paintings will be shown at the Denver Art Museum in Denver, CO (October 22, 2017-January 14, 2018), at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, KY (February 17-May 13, 2018), and at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA (June 9-September 3, 2018).