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Black models: from Géricault to Matisse

The exhibition displays various works from Cordier, Cezanne, Matisse, and Manet, depicting black models and different subjects.

From 25/03/2019 to 14/01/2019

There are many modern exhibitions and galleries that try to highlight black artists and diversity in the art world. Next year, Musee d’Orsay plan to look backward at black art history via black models and sitters. The aim is to offer a fresh perspective on the representation of these figures and their place in art history, and society more generally. This show is far-reaching in regard to its ideas, but also its timeline and use of the visual arts. 

The show brings together images of different kinds that depict and celebrate black models and subjects in different situations. This means some later photography alongside the paintings. 

All of the works are split into three eras – each of which covers a different point in black history and art history. There is the era of abolition (1794-1848), followed by a new painting era up to the Harlem Renaissance and then the era of the 20th-century avant-garde movement up to the post-war period. 

Artists involved include Cordier, Cezanne, Matisse and Manet. 

The show runs between March 25th and July 14th.

Address :

Musée d'Orsay, Rue de la Légion d'Honneur,

Paris, France

Contact : +33 (0)1 40 49 48 14

Price : 12 €

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