Her art demonstrates a grasp of animal nature beyond picturesque figures in a landscape or sentimental stand-ins for human emotion.
Musée d’Orsay Puts Focus on Overlooked and Anonymous Black Models in French Masterpieces
Black models: from Géricault to Matisse temporarily retitles works featuring historically anonymous Black models to honor their sitters.
The Everyday Madness of Picasso’s “Acrobat on a Ball”
What a nimble feat of balance and strength it is to build a dream.
Brash, Self-flattering, Macho Excess at the Musée d’Orsay
In an exhibition timed to promote the release of Julian Schnabel’s film about Vincent van Gogh, the museum juxtaposes 13 paintings from its 19th century collection with 11 of Schnabel’s works.
How Picasso’s Blue and Rose Periods Lay the Foundation for His Art
Whether or not one considers Picasso a prodigy, Musée d’Orsay’s Picasso. Blue and Rose allows the public to bask in the world of a young, energetic, and sensitive artist.
The Portraiture of Paul Cézanne
Portraits by Cézanne at the Musée d’Orsay includes 60 psychologically loaded canvases from all periods of the artist’s career.
In the Jungle of Henri Rousseau’s Imagination
PARIS — Henri Rousseau is art history’s best-known naïf painter.
The Louvre and Musée d’Orsay Shut Down as Seine River Floods [UPDATED]
Record rainfall in Paris has caused intense and dangerous flooding of the Seine River to the extent that the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay are closing temporarily to safeguard their collections.
How Artists Portrayed Prostitution in 19th-Century Paris
PARIS — Perhaps out of a kindred permissive, libertine spirit, prostitution — both chic demi-mondaine and lascivious, pierreuse street-walker style — played a central role in the nascent development of modern painting.
Four Years Later, Man Still Fighting Facebook for Censoring Courbet’s “Origin of the World”
It’s been more than four years since French teacher Frédéric Durand-Baïssas, after posting a link to a documentary about Gustave Courbet’s “L’Origine du Monde” (1866) on Facebook, returned to the social network to find the post removed and his profile suspended.
Abusing the Marquis de Sade
PARIS — Georges Bataille, in The Accursed Share, said that if the Marquis de Sade had not existed, he would have had to been invented.
Performance Artist Does the Impossible, Shows Up Courbet’s “Origin of the World”
A twentysomething woman sits down in front of Gustave Courbet’s “Origin of the World” (1866), pulls up her dress, splays her legs, and shows her vulva, clitoris, and possibly part of her vagina to the visitors in the gallery.