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Her Paris: Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism

Denver Art Museum

22 Oct 2017 - 14 Jan 2018

This exhibition will feature more than 80 paintings by 37 women artists from across Europe and America, who migrated to this epicentre of art to further their careers. They range from well-known artists such as Mary Cassatt and Rosa Bonheur, to lesser-known painters including Anna Ancher and Paula Modersohn-Becker. Paris was known as a cosmopolitan city, but Parisian society was still very restrictive for women. They were not allowed to attend the École des Beaux-Arts until 1897, and it was not socially acceptable to frequent public spaces to work on their art and mingle with their peers without a male companion. The exhibition will trace how, despite societal challenges, women embraced their artistic aspirations and helped create an alternative system that included exhibiting independently and forming their own influential organisations. Find out more about the ‘Her Paris’ exhibition from the Denver Art Museum’s website.

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La Confidence (ca. 1880), Elizabeth Gardner Bouguereau. Georgia Museum of Art, Athens; Courtesy American Federation of Arts

La Confidence (c. 1880), Elizabeth Gardner Bouguereau. Georgia Museum of Art, Athens; Courtesy American Federation of Arts

In the Studio (1881), Marie Bashkirtseff. Photo: Dnipropetrovsk/ Bridgeman Images. Courtesy American Federation of Arts

In the Studio (1881), Marie Bashkirtseff. Photo: Dnipropetrovsk/ Bridgeman Images. Courtesy American Federation of Arts

Evening, Interior (1890), Harriet Backer. Photo: Børre Høstland © The National Museum of Art, Architecture, and Design

Evening, Interior (1890), Harriet Backer. Photo: Børre Høstland © The National Museum of Art, Architecture, and Design

Lunch in the Greenhouse (1877), Louise Abbéma. Musée des Beaux- Arts, Pau, France; Courtesy American Federation of Arts

Lunch in the Greenhouse (1877), Louise Abbéma. Musée des Beaux- Arts, Pau, France; Courtesy American Federation of Arts

Balaclava (1876), Lady Elizabeth Butler. Manchester Art Gallery

Balaclava (1876), Lady Elizabeth Butler. Manchester Art Gallery

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