I’m so glad that I was able to see this gorgeous exhibit at the Crocker Art Museum today! Thank you @alaynesahar for reminding me before it closed! I wish I could have taken my own photos of my favorite pieces to share with you, but if you’re anywhere near Sacramento you need to see this exhibit! It’s only here for a few more days. I’m so grateful that we have such a wonderful local museum. 💖
Now on view, it's "Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment: French Art from The Horvitz Collection"!
In 18th-century France, debate raged among enlightened minds about the role of women in society. Were they to devote themselves to the domestic realm, join the marketplace and public life, or find another way to define themselves? This debate, known as the Querelle des Femmes, or "Woman Question," was one of the most contentious and absorbing during the Enlightenment, an age when rational thought, expressed in language, science, and philosophy began to challenge tradition and question faith as a way of understanding the world. The querelle proposed many overlapping, intersecting roles for women, foreshadowing the 20th-century philosopher Simone de Beauvoir's words: "One is not born, but becomes a woman."
This exhibition, with more than 120 works from the greatest private collection of French art in the United States, is the first to focus on the Querelle des Femmes and that process of "becoming." Paintings, drawings, and sculpture by renowned 18th-century artists such as Antoine Watteau, François Boucher, and Jean-Honoré Fragonard, as well as the lesser-known Le Prince, Cochin, Moitte, and others, trace the stages of women's lives in a society very different from our own. Social restrictions, historical and literary role models, conventions of courting and marriage, the responsibilities of motherhood, and the sacrifices inherent in work and public life, all shaped French 18th-century women as they navigated the sometimes turbulent society that surrounded them.
On view until August 19, 2018!
[Jean-Baptiste Oudry, Seated Lady in a Garden, n.d. Oil on canvas, 39 3/8 x 35 7/16 in. The Horvitz Collection.
Pierre-Antoine Baudouin, The Ro