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Spotlight on Women Impressionist Painters: Morisot, Cassatt, Gonzalez, and Bracquemond with Dr. Timea Andrea Lelik
Our spotlight on women Impressionists examines the work and contribution of four of the best-known women artists who contributed to the founding of one of the most radical art movements of the nineteenth century. We will analyze the works of Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt, Eva Gonzalez, and Marie Bracquemond better grasping their importance and role in the movement.
Alongside Monet, Renoir, Degas, and Pissarro, Berthe Morisot was one of the founding members of the Impressionist movement. She was the only woman invited to show in the first Impressionist exhibition in 1874, participating in all but one of the eight exhibitions they made together. She was close with Manet – whose brother she married – influencing each other’s style of painting. While Morisot’s themes were mundane, her treatment of the subjects was revolutionary and rebellious.
Mary Cassatt was the only American among the founding Impressionists. In 1877 Degas invited her to exhibit with the Impressionists, maintaining a long and close friendship with him based on their mutual interests in asymmetrical compositions and Japanese prints. In opposition to Morisot’s highly expressive brushstrokes, Cassatt’s work was very precise.
Eva Gonzalez began her career as a pupil of Manet in 1869. While her work was a direct response to Manet’s, Gonzales’ works depict her unique vision and talent. Just like Manet, she never exhibited with the Impressionists, nevertheless was considered one of them because of her painting style and the close relationship with many of them.
Marie Bracquemond is different from the other women Impressionists as her working-class family background didn’t afford her formal art training like her contemporaries, and was therefore predominantly self-taught. Nevertheless, when Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres saw Bracquemond’s work he invited her to study in his studio. Though despite Ingres’s prestige, Bracquemond eventually left to pursue her own work.
Led by an expert on modern and contemporary art and published author, Dr. Timea Andrea Lelik, this interactive seminar will explore the contribution of these women artists to the history of art. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased appreciation and novel interpretations of the most important works by Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt, Eva Gonzalez, and Marie Bracquemond.
This seminar has been designed as part of an extended series of Spotlight Conversations featuring Artists throughout history. To learn more, please click here.
Dr. Timea Andrea Lelik is an art historian, curator, and writer based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She holds an MA in art history from Utrecht University and a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Amsterdam. For over ten years she has written, lectured, and published in the international field of modern and contemporary art. As a freelance curator, she organized several exhibitions in The Netherlands and abroad. Since 2016, she is serving as a member of the International Association of Art Critics, AICA, The Netherlands.