“Women Artists in Paris, 1850-1900” and their Contemporary Counterparts

September 7, 2017
6-8 p.m.
The Cultural Services of The French Embassy
972 5th Avenue, NYC

In this conversation organized on occasion of the exhibition Women Artists in Paris, 1850-1900, Laurence Madeline, the exhibition’s curator, and Bridget Alsdorf, scholar and catalogue contributor, will discuss the experience of women artists working in Paris at the end of the nineteenth century, and that of their contemporary counterparts.

During the second half of the nineteenth century, as a hub of opportunity and inspiration, Paris welcomed artists into dynamic circles of creative and intellectual dialogue and innovation. However, the persistence of restricting gender norms made it difficult for women to be recognized as creators and pioneers in their own right. Drawn from prominent collections across the United States and abroad, Women Artists in Paris, 1850-1900 features close to 90 paintings by 37 artists who helped to fuel the first avant-garde movements and challenged the conservative discourse of the acceptable expressions of femininity.

The accompanying catalogue, edited by the American Federation of Arts in conjunction with Yale University Press, will be available for sale at the event, courtesy of Albertine.

Laurence Madeline is the former Chief Curator of the fine arts division of the Musées d’art et d’histoire (MAH), Geneva. In addition, she has served as Director of the Musée Léon Dierx, Saint-Denis de La Réunion; Curator at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris; and Curator at the Musée Picasso, Paris.

Bridget Alsdorf
is an Associate Professor at Princeton University specializing in European art of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She is the author of Fellow Men: Fantin-Latour and the Problem of the Group in Nineteenth-Century French Painting (2012).

Women Artists in Paris, 1850–1900
is organized by the American Federation of Arts and curated by independent curator Laurence Madeline.

The exhibition is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding is provided by the JFM Foundation, Elizabeth K. Belfer, the Florence Gould Foundation, Monique Schoen Warshaw, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Clare McKeon, Steph and Jody La Nasa, Victoria Ershova Triplett, the American-Scandinavian Foundation, and the Finlandia Foundation.

We thank The Cultural Services of The French Embassy in the U.S. for their support of this event.


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