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Exhibition

Eva Gonzalès Is What Dublin Needs

1 Jun-18 Sep 2022

Overview

Eva Gonzalès Is What Dublin Needs takes Édouard Manet’s portrait of Eva Gonzalès (1870) as its focus, presenting a fresh perspective on women artists and their artistic practice in 19th century Paris and beyond. Though regarded as the father of modernism, Manet only ever had one formal pupil, Eva Gonzalès, who entered his studio in 1869, at the age of 22. By the time of her death fourteen years later, she had become an established artist and her work was regularly exhibited at the Salon.

Portrait of Eva Gonzalès becomes a gateway into women’s artistic practice and the representation and self-presentation of women artists. Self-portraits from the 18th to the 20th century will be brought together with depictions of women artists by men to explore different constructions of gender, status and talent. The exhibition will also provide a window into Manet and Gonzalès’s lifelong artistic dialogue.

The exhibition is organised with the National Gallery, London, where it will open in October. Alongside works by Manet and Gonzalès, it includes paintings by Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, Angelica Kauffmann, Alfred Stevens, John Lavery and Sarah Cecilia Harrison, among others.

It will also include Homage to Manet (1909) by William Orpen, painted after the acquisition of the portrait of Gonzalès by Hugh Lane. Manet’s painting forms the background to Orpen’s composition, which includes George Moore, who proclaimed that “the portrait of Mademoiselle Gonzales is what Dublin needs.”


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