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Julie Manet. The impressionist memory

90 min visit

Marmottan-Claude Monet Museum
19 Oct → 20 Mar 2022
Tue to Sun from 10 am to 6 pm. Nocturnal Thu until 8 pm. Closed Mon.

« If talent may not be hereditary, the love of art is! Discover Julie Manet's passion for impressionism, her important collection as well as her dexterity to paint »

It is only natural that the first exhibition devoted to Julie Manet in France should be held at the Musée Marmottan-Monet. A major figure in the history of art, she was the daughter of the great Berthe Morisot and Eugène Manet, the painter's brother. From a very young age, Julie Manet was immersed in the Impressionist milieu. She was her mother's model for whom she posed regularly, as well as for other Impressionist painters. Over time, she moved to the other side of the canvas. Beyond her artistic practice, Julie Manet is also a great collector. At first she inherited her mother's paintings. With her husband Ernest Rouart, also a painter, they bought canvases by the greatest names in French painting: Hubert Robert, Corot and Degas among others, their most beautiful piece being large panels of Monet's Water Lilies, which was very rare to acquire before the artist's death in 1966. Julie Manet's love of art is also reflected in her desire to pass it on. Very generous, she made bequests, dations and donations of her own works and those of her entourage to certain collections of French museums. This gesture is all the more powerful as a woman artist. All her life, Julie Manet put forward the work of her mother, who had remained in the shadow of her male peers for too long. She also wrote a Diary that briefly documented a glimpse into the lives of French painters of her time, including Renoir, Degas, Monet and Sisley. In total, one hundred of Julie Manet's works, including paintings, sculptures, pastels, watercolors, and prints, are on view for this groundbreaking exhibition.


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