Worcester Art Museum Presents Leisure, Pleasure, and the Debut of the Modern French Woman

The Worcester Art Museum presents Leisure, Pleasure, and the Debut of the Modern French Woman, on view through September 11, 2011.

This exhibition presents prints and drawings from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries that illustrate an overall shift in the depiction of women in France. Stereotypically seen in pastoral, aristocratic settings, French women in eighteenth century art are typically portrayed as virtuous role models or dangerous coquettes. However, less than a century later, though depictions such as these still remain, women are portrayed with greater influence economically and socially, and with greater intellectual and emotional depth. The exhibition features works by Degas, Morisot, Tissot, Gauguin, Debucourt, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Cassatt along with other major artists from both centuries.

The Worcester Art Museum is world-renowned for its 35,000-piece collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints, drawings and new media. The works span 5,000 years of art and culture. View paintings by Cassatt, Gauguin, Goya, Monet, Sargent and Whistler; admire floor mosaics from the ancient city of Antioch; see cutting-edge contemporary art; and discover the Museum’s many other treasures. Special exhibitions showcase the masterworks, seldom-seen gems, and important works on loan.

Image: Alphonse Mucha, JOB, 1896, lithograph, Gift of Dr. Lawrence M. Epstein and Ms. Jeanne Griffin, 2007.174

Worcester Art Museum 55 Salisbury Street Worcester, MA 01609


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