Art


Black models: from Géricault to Matisse

Art


Black models: from Géricault to Matisse

Musée d’Orsay, Paris
Until 21 July 2019

Slavery left an indelible scar on French society that endured well into the twentieth century. Initially abolished in 1794, slavery was finally ended across the French colonies in 1848, after a long and drawn-out end. This show scrutinises the relationship between leading artists and their black models until the modern day. It also seeks to trace the evolution of the ways black men and women were portrayed in the canvases of Théodore Géricault through to Édouard Manet’s famous Olympia, and looks at the impact of Henri Matisse’s discovery of the jazz clubs of Harlem in the 1930s.

Édouard Manet, Baudelaire’s Mistress (Portrait of Jeanne Duval) (1862) © The Museum of Fine Arts Budapest

Romare Bearden, Patchwork Quilt (1970) © MOMA

Henri Matisse, Woman in White (1946)


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