WOMEN IMPRESSIONISTS. MORISOT CASSATT GONZALÈS BRACQUEMOND
Everyone knows the names of famous Impressionists -- Manet, Monet, Degas, Renoir, Pissarro -- but it is less well known that important women painters also belonged to their circle. Berthe Morisot, a successful and admired colleague and close friend of and model for Manet, was highly praised by critics for her relaxed brushstroke as the "most Impressionistic of the Impressionists." The American artist Mary Cassatt developed her unmistakable style during her studies in Paris and through her close contact with Degas. Eva Gonzalès, a student of Manet, left behind an oeuvre of great quality though limited quantity, as a result of her early death. Marie Bracquemond exhibited with the Impressionists but began to compete with the work of her husband, Felix Bracquemond, and ultimately abandoned painting. This exhibition includes some 160 works from international museums and private collections and uses the example of these four women painters to present the feminine contribution to the Impressionist movement.
There were quite a number of professional female artists in the second half of the nineteenth century: The works by Berthe Morisot, a central figure in the Impressionist movement; Mary Cassatt, a very independent artist and a respected colleague of Degas's; Eva Gonzalès, one of Manet's most talented pupils; and Marie Bracquemond, whose small oeuvre is of the highest quality--reflect their various lives and experiences as women. This publication contains many unfamiliar and surprising images, waiting to be discovered.