Black models : From Géricault to Matisse

Black models : From Géricault to Matisse

Black Models at Musee d’Orsay is set to be an important exhibition for 2019 in Paris. It challenges us to take another look at the models in paintings. If there are black subjects, what is their status and purpose within the painting? Are they interacting with other figures and, if so, what is the supposed relationship between them? This new show considers the representation of black women in the art of French and US painting over a 200 year period. The idea is that we should have progressed a long way since the abolition of slavery, but how long did it take? How well represented are black models?

This show is a long-running exhibition for the gallery – continuing until the 21st of July. This means lots of chances to come and study these paintings and see what you see in the models. You might see a well-known painting or artist in a new light after this show. The chronology and comparisons should be enlightening.


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From March 26, 2019, to July 21, 2019

Orsay Museum 
62 rue de Lille
75007 Paris 7

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