Musée d'Orsay

The permanent collections of this museum are devoted to the art of the Western world

Black models: from Géricault to Matisse

From 26 March to 21 July 2019

Le modèle noir © musée d'Orsay - Jean-Léon Gérôme

From 26 March to 21 July 2019, the Musée d’Orsay is taking a look at the representation of black women in the works of numerous major artists. Mixing art history and the history of France, this exhibition displays works by Manet, Cézanne, Géricault, Delacroix, Matisse and Nadar, to explore the link between artist and model with a particular focus on how the latter is represented.

A number of different media, including painting, sculpture and photography, are showcased to illustrate the theme and shed light on 3 key periods tracing the evolution of aesthetic, political and social issues: the era of the abolition of slavery, the new painting era until the discovery of the Harlem Renaissance, and the start of avant-gardism until the present day.

This exhibition is an essential reflection on 200 years of art history that promises to provide plenty of interesting discoveries.

Worth noting: The Musée d’Orsay is organizing 30 events about black models for this occasion.

Musée d'Orsay, art in the Western world from 1848 to 1914

The Musée d’Orsay is renowned for being one of the most beautiful museums in the world and having one of the richest collections. Situated on the left bank of the Seine opposite the Tuileries Gardens, it has not always been a museum. Built by Victor Laloux for the 1900 Universal Exhibition, the building was initially a railway station before being transformed into a museum in 1986.

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The permanent collections of this multidisciplinary museum are devoted to the art of the Western world – painting, sculpture, decorative arts, graphic arts, architecture, and photography – from 1848 to 1914; that is a total of 6,000 works of which only 3,000 are on show to the public at any one time.

Major works include: Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe by Edouard Manet, La classe de danse by Edgar Degas, Des glaneuses by Jean-François Millet, the Bal du moulin de la Galette by Auguste Renoir, the series of Cathédrales de Rouen by Claude Monet, the Cirque by Georges Seurat, Les joueurs de carte by Paul Cézanne, Les femmes de Tahiti by Paul Gauguin, Portrait de l'artiste by Vincent van Gogh ... The Museum has one of the largest collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works in the world.

In addition to the permanent collections, numerous events are held throughout the year: temporary exhibitions, concerts, lectures, seminars, shows ...

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Internationally renowned for its rich collection of Impressionist art, the Musée d'Orsay also displays all Western artistic......