The exhibition primarily focuses on the question of models, and therefore the dialogue between the artist who paints, sculpts, engraves or photographs and the model who poses. It notably explores the way in which the representation of black subjects in major works by Théodore Géricault, Charles Cordier, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, Edouard Manet, Paul Cézanne and Henri Matisse, as well as the photographs of Nadar and Carjat, evolved.
CuratorsCécile Debray, chief heritage curator, director of the Musée de l'Orangerie
Stéphane Guégan, scientific advisor to the president of the Musées d’Orsay et de l’Orangerie
Denise Murrell, Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Research Scholar at the Wallach Art Gallery
Isolde Pludermacher, chief curator at the Musée d'Orsay
First stage: Wallach Art Gallery of Columbia University in the City of New York, from 24 October 2018 to 10 February 2019. Last stage at the ACTe Memorial, Pointe-à-Pitre, from 13 September to 29 December 2019.
Exhibition organized by the Musée d'Orsay and the Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris, The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York and the ACTe Memorial, Pointe-à-Pitre, with the exceptional contribution of the Bibliothèque nationale de France
With the generous support of Ford Foundation