Musée d'Orsay vue intérieur Women's Art Tours

From lead female Impressionists (Mary Cassatt, Berthe Morisot) to cross-dressed Rosa Bonheur, via the face of Manet's Olympia

  • 6 People
  • 75 € per Person
  • Musée d'Orsay

The 19th century witnessed two industrial revolutions that deeply affected social mobility. The workplace became separate from home. Codes of behaviour increasingly ascribed women’s roles to ideals of domesticity. Art practice was perceived as hobbies of ladies fit for marriage.
Barred from entry to the National School of Fine Arts, some still decided to make painting their profession by finding alternative methods. Certain circles such as the school of Barbizon or the Impressionists notably welcomed female fellow artists. Those were the same experimenting with unconventional beauty types, such as redhead models or ambiguous depictions of gender.
We’ll focus on the portraits of a dozen women or so, from celebrated Impressionists (Mary Cassatt, Berthe Morisot) and Rosa Bonheur to lesser known figures (Victorine Meurent, the face of Olympia and Irish model Joanna Hiffernan).

Plan your visit

  • Up to 6 People
  • 2h, every day except Mondays, late opening on Thursdays
  • Musée d'Orsay

    At the rhino's statue

    58 quai Anatole France, 75007

    M12 Solférino
    RER C Musée d'Orsay

    Bus 63, 68, 69, 73, 83, 84, 97, 94

  • Regular price 75 €

    Per person, ticket included

  • Concessions 35 €

    Unemployed, EU residents - 26, - 18 with proof of ID

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