Black Models: from Gericault to Matisse at the Musée d’Orsay

From March 26 to July 21, 2019 Black Models are displayed at the Musée d’Orsay with an exhibition aiming at being historic. Over 100 works return on the representation of black figures in visual arts, from the abolition of slavery in France (1794) to nowadays.

From March 26 to July 21, 2019 the Musée d’Orsay tackles an essential subject with its exhibition “Black Models: from Gericault to Matisse”.

For this beautiful offer, the Musée d’Orsay brings together many works of art by French artists to question over 200 years of history of art and History of France and the United States to answer one question: “How are black women represented in art?”.

The exhibition promotes Gericault, Delacroix, Cordier, Carpeaux, Manet, Gauguin, Cézanne, Matisse, Nadar, Carjat these artists who chose a black model at some point in history, taking part for the gradual abolition of slavery and the slow affirmation of a black identity. A focus on 3 key periods: the abolition of slavery era (1794-1848), the new painting era up to the first avant-gardes in the 20th century.

This Black Models: from Gericault to Matisse exhibition offers to explore the way black models have been represented and how it evolved over time up to nowadays. Here and there are highlighted the muses of the artists such as Charles Baudelaire’s muse Jeanne Duval, or Laure who inspired Edouard Manet’s Olympia, and the legendary portrait of the maid (1863).

We’re eager to discover what this exhibition has to say, put together after works by Denise Murrell, Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Research Scholar (Columbia University), helped by scientific advisor to the president of the Musée d’Orsay et de l’Orangerie Stéphane Guégan!

And to accompany the exhibition, the Musée d’Orsay has planned 30 events likely to gather 30 artists around the Black model.

Elodie D.
Last updated on 7 February 2019

Practical information

Opening Time
From 26 March 2019 to 21 July 2019



    62 rue de Lille
    75007 Paris 7

    -26 ans UE, chômeurs et handicapés: Free
    tarif réduit: 11 €
    tarif plein: 14 €

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