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Women painters, 1870-1930. Birth of a struggle

90 min visit

Luxembourg Museum
19 May → 25 Jul 2021
Every day from 10:30 am to 7:30 pm.

« This exhibition is a portrait of young girls on fire, burning for emancipation and recognition!  »

How many women artists do you know from the 19th century? Apart from a few exceptions, such as Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun and Berthe Morisot, few women artists from this period are known. And for good reason, women have long been excluded from the field of art. Since the earliest representations, women have generally appeared in the guise of the Virgin Mary, or as holy or mythological figures. They are never portrayed for what they really are. Elisabeth Lebovici, journalist, art historian and fervent activist for LGBTQI+ rights, published in 2007 with Catherine Gonnard the book Femmes artistes, artistes femmes: Paris, de 1880 à nos jours. According to her, "The history of art was the history of male artists". And she is quite right! Women had difficulty finding their place alongside their male peers, who were sometimes less talented. Women were only models, muses, servants and mothers. It was not until the end of the 19th century that female artists finally rebelled. From the 1870s onwards, they fought relentlessly to impose themselves in the patriarchal society of their time. They demanded the right to training, access to professionalization, a public existence and a place on the art market. A real social revolution led by great artists during the French Revolution! Some of them even managed to achieve the same level of success as their male counterparts. This exhibition allows you to discover great artists exhibited alongside their colleagues, and to understand the mechanisms that allowed this extraordinary social rise. While waiting for the postponed opening of the event, a virtual visit is available for 5 euros, during 7 days from the date of your reservation. Discover the exhibition in preview at your own pace: 36 works are in high definition with deep zoom for the most curious among you; 25 of them are accompanied by a text also available in audio. Finally, for an additional 4 euros, you can access a live video conference from the museum and an independent virtual tour. Link in the ticket office!


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