Her Paris

Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism
Opens October 22, 2017

Marie Bashkirtseff (Ukrainian, 1858-1884 ), In the Studio, 1881. Oil on canvas; 60 5/8 x 73 ¼ in. Dnipropetrovsk State Art Museum, Ukraine KH-4234. Photo: Dnipropetrovsk/Bridgeman Images. Courtesy American Federation of Arts.

Berthe Morisot (French, 1841-1895), The Sisters, 1869. Oil on canvas. 20 ½ x 32 in. National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., Gift of Mrs. Charles S. Carstairs, 1952.9.2. Courtesy American Federation of Arts.

Mary Cassatt (American, 1844-1926), Children Playing on the Beach, 1884. Oil on canvas. 38 3/8 x 29 3/16 in. National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., Alisa Mellon Bruce Collection, 1970.17.19. Courtesy American Federation of Arts.

Anna Ancher (Danish, 1855-1935), The Harvesters, 1905. Oil on canvas. 17 1/8 x 22 1/8 in. Art Museums of Skagen, Denmark, SKM1465. Courtesy American Federation of Arts.

Louise-Catherine Breslau (German/Swiss, 1856-1927), The Friends (Les amies), 1881. Oil on canvas. 33 1/2 x 63 in. © Musée d’art et d’histoire, ville de Genève, inv. no 1883-0002. Photo: Bettina Jacot-Descombes. Courtesy American Federation of Arts

Berthe Morisot (French, 1841-1895), The Lesson in the Garden, 1886. Oil on canvas; 23 9/16 x 28 ¾ in. Collection of Frederic C. Hamilton, bequeathed to the Denver Art Museum. Courtesy American Federation of Arts.

October 22, 2017 – January 14, 2018
Hamilton Building - Level 2
Ticketed with member discount
For tickets, purchase online or call 720-913-0130.

See remarkable works created by women in Paris from 1850 to 1900, a time of great social, cultural, and artistic change. Her Paris: Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism will feature more than 80 paintings by 37 women artists from across Europe and America, who had migrated to this epicenter of art to further their careers. They range from well-known artists such as Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt, and Rosa Bonheur, to painters who are lesser-known in the United States, including Anna Ancher and Paula Modersohn-Becker.

Even though Paris was known as a cosmopolitan city, Parisian society was still very restrictive for women. They were not allowed to attend to the École des Beaux-Arts (Academy of Fine Arts)—the country’s most important art academy—until 1897, and it was not socially acceptable to frequent public spaces, such as cafes, 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 attending private academies, exhibiting independently, and forming their own organizations, such as the influential Union des Femmes Peintres et Sculpteurs.

A fully illustrated exhibition catalog will be available in The Shops at the Denver Art Museum and online.

Her Paris is organized by the American Federation of Arts, curated by Laurence Madeline, independent curator and formerly chief curator of Fine Arts at the Musée d’art et d’histoire in Geneva, and curated locally by Angelica Daneo, curator of painting and sculpture at the DAM. Following its run at the DAM, it will travel to The Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky (February 17–May 13, 2018), and to its final destination at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts (June 6–September 3, 2018).

For Members

Member Tickets

Her Paris: Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism is ticketed with a member discount.

Member Preview—Oct. 21

See the exhibition first during a member preview on Saturday, October 21, before the exhibition opens to the public. Advance reservations of timed-entry tickets are recommended.

4-Session Course—Her Paris: Women Artists in the City, 1850-1900

This fall/winter 2017 course is ticketed with a member discount.

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Her Paris: Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism 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.

The presentation at the Denver Art Museum is generously funded by Barbara Bridges, Harmes C. Fishback Foundation Trust, the donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign, and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4, Comcast Spotlight, and The Denver Post.