A unique exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay, dedicated to Black models from the 18th century to the present day

A unique exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay, dedicated to Black models from the 18th century to the present day

Through 21 July 2019, discover magnificent artwork demonstrating the importance of Black models in artistic creation. This exhibition is divided into three periods: the era of abolition, the new painting era and the early 20th century avant-garde movement. 

I was touched in particular by the paintings of Théodore Géricault and his Haitian model Joseph, the first professional Black model. L’étude d’homme, d’après le modèle Joseph (“Study of a Man, Based on the Model Joseph”) is a staggering piece. The superb portrait speaks volumes about a whole era. Joseph would be one of the models for Géricault’s famous Raft of the Medusa. This exhibition sheds an appreciable, subtle light on the Black models who inspired so many artists.

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