This focus exhibition highlights the DMA’s exceptional holdings of artwork by female artists working in Europe between the late 18th and early 20th centuries. Drawn primarily from the permanent collection, this special presentation explores the challenges and limitations experienced by female artists seeking professional careers before women were widely admitted into fine art academies. Through paintings and works on paper by artists including Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun, Rosa Bonheur, and Käthe Kollwitz, the exhibition will consider the various genres and media deemed appropriate for women, the prestigious familial or social connections that aided in career building, and the freedom offered by avant-garde movements that developed outside of official Academic systems, such as Impressionism, Expressionism, Cubism, and Futurism.
Admission is FREE.
Women Artists in Europe from the Monarchy to Modernism is organized by the Dallas Museum of Art. The Dallas Museum of Art is supported, in part, by the generosity of DMA Members and donors, the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.
Images: Elisabeth Louise Vigée-Lebrun, Portrait of Natalia Zakharovna Kolycheva, née Hitrovo, 1799, oil on canvas, Lent by the Michael L. Rosenberg Foundation, 29.2004.13; Lyubov Popova, Painterly Architectonics, 1918, oil on cardboard, Dallas Museum of Art, General Acquisitions Fund and gifts from Mrs. Edward Marcus, James H. Coker and Ann Addison, Margaret Ann Bolinger, Natalie (Schatzie) and George T. Lee, Jr., Elizabeth B. Blake, and an anonymous donor, 1982.10; Käthe Kollwitz, Death Seizing a Mother, 1934, lithograph, Dallas Museum of Art, purchased with grant from The Assemblage, 1984.60; Anne Vallayer-Coster, Bouquet of Flowers in a Terracotta Vase with Peaches and Grapes, 1776, oil on canvas, Dallas Museum of Art, Foundation for the Arts Collection, Mrs. John B. O'Hara Fund and gift of Michael L. Rosenberg, 1998.51.FA; Rosa Bonheur, Lion's Head, c. 1880-1885, pencil heightened with white on paper, Dallas Museum of Art, Foundation for the Arts Collection, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Campbell, 2014.32.FA; Gabriele Münter, Woman and Man with Dog, 1918, lithograph on velin paper, Dallas Museum of Art, bequest of Dorace M. Fichtenbaum, 2015.48.79; Eva Gonzalès, Afternoon Tea, c. 1874, oil on canvas, TBD, T43994