Women Artists 5 - Getting Real

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Women Artists 5 - Getting Real

As we head into the 19th Century there is an increased sense of the possibilities of art, and an understanding that art might not be for an élite. The Pre-Raphaelites favoured a highly literary ‘return to nature’, and were joined – and supported – by a number of notable women. Soon after, in France, Courbet founded another, new, artistic movement – Realism. Rather than the naturalism favoured by the Pre-Raphaelites, his reality was that of everyday issues, ideas which affect everyone, rather than focussing on mythology, the preserve of the educated, or religion, which was beginning to be seen as less relevant by some. Among the ‘Realists’ was Rosa Bonheur, whose paintings focussed on animals rather than people, her subjects including farming and trade. An exhibition in Paris dedicated to her work closes on 15 January - but I will be reporting back, having caught it during its last week. The Impressionists’ paintings of everyday life would not have been possible without the experience of the Realists, and it is there that we shall end, with the work of Berthe Morisot, who contributed to 7 of the 8 Impressionist exhibitions, and other associated artists including Eva Gonzales, the subject of the recent focussed and illuminating exhibition at the National Gallery.
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Mon 6th Feb 2023
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