Julie Manet : A Fascinating Exhibition At The Musée Marmottan-monet In Paris
Notice to all Impressionist painting lovers: there are only a few days left to discover the exhibition that the Marmottan-Monet Museum is devoting to Julie Manet. The daughter of painters Eugène Manet and Berthe Morisot was a model, artist and collector. Through her exceptional destiny, the exhibition traces an intimate history of the Impressionist movement.
Painting as a legacy
In the Manet family, we of course know Édouard Manet, the author of Déjeuner sur l'herbe, and his brother Eugène Manet, a less famous painter. But have you heard of Julie Manet, the daughter of Eugène Manet and Berthe Morisot born in 1878?
On this International Women's Rights Day, I suggest you discover this exceptional woman who was at once a painter, muse to many artists and art collector.
The Marmottan-Monet Museum in Paris is currently dedicating an exhibition to her entitled Julie Manet, the impressionist memory. Throughout the rooms, you will discover the three lives of this 'daughter of' who was trained in painting by her mother from an early age and received private lessons from a certain Auguste Renoir!
A source of inspiration for artists
In her youth, Julie Manet was a beautiful source of inspiration for Berthe Morisot, now recognized as a pioneer of the Impressionist movement.
She appears, as a child and then as a teenager, in 70 paintings of moving delicacy. She is, for example, depicted in Julie rêveuse, a portrait painted by her mother in 1894 that serves as the poster for the exhibition.
This singularly beautiful girl inspired other artists as well. She posed for her uncle Édouard Manet, as well as for Renoir, Monet, Degas, and Pissarro, all of whom were close to her family.
The last of the Manets
The happy colors of her childhood faded when Julie Manet lost her uncle Édouard in 1883, her father in 1892 and her mother three years later.
Orphaned at 16, she moved in with her cousins Jeannie and Paule Gobillard. This trio of art-loving orphan girls, was then nicknamed the flying squadron.
In the end, it was not as a painter that Julie Manet entered posterity. In 1900, she married Ernest Rouart, also an impressionist painter.
From their union, will be born three sons and an impressive collection of works of art. The couple gathered canvases of great masters of painting, from the seventeenth century to his contemporaries.
Julie is especially keen to set herself up as guardian of the temple of the Impressionists: she buys back paintings sold by her family, organizes exhibitions and donates masterpieces to museums or foundations.
But above all, she put all her strength of persuasion and her fierce will at the service of her mother's work, so that Berthe Morisot would never be forgotten. Julie Manet, who died in 1966, succeeded in her challenge.
The exhibition devoted to her by the Musée Marmottan-Monet brings together the works of great names in Impressionism as well as letters and moving family photos.
The exhibition Julie Manet, la mémoire impressioniste is held at the Musée Marmottan-Monet until March 20, 2022.
Marmottan Monet Museum
2 rue Louis Boilly
Tel : 01 44 96 50 33
Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm
Nocturne on Thursday until 9 pm
Closed on Monday
Full price : 12 €.
Reduced rate 8,50 €
Free for children under 7 years old