Posing Modernity

The Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University and the Musée d’Orsay partner to present “Posing Modernity: The Black Model From Manet and Matisse to Today”. This exhibition explores the representation of the black figure as central to the development of modern art. The New York exhibition focuses specifically on the black female figure and how they are depicted by artists and at times largely ignored by critics and scholars.

Featured image: Frédéric Bazille – Young Woman With Peonies, 1870 oil on canvas.

Jacques-Eugène Feyen – Le baiser enfantin (The childlike kiss), 1865 oil on canvas

Elizabeth Colomba – Laure (Portrait of a negress), 2018 oil on canvas

Henri Matisse – Coffee (Le déjeuner oriental), 1916 oil on canvas

Henri Matisse – Dame à la robe blanche (Woman in white), 1946 oil on canvas

Workshop of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux – Why Born A Slave! (Also known as La négresse: Pourquoi! Naître esclave!), 1872 cast terracotta

Mickalene Thomas – Din une très belle négresse #1 (Din, a very beautiful black woman, #1), 2012 rhinestones, acrylic, oil and enamel on wood panel

Édouard Manet – Baudelaire’s Mistress (Portrait of Jeanne Duval), 1862 oil on canvas

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