French Moderns: Monet to Matisse

Pierre-Auguste Renoir , Still Life with Blue Cup (Nature morte à la tasse bleue), ca. 1900. Oil on canvas. 15.2 x 33.3 cm. Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Laura L. Barnes, 67.24.19


The Impressionists sparked a revolution in European art in the late 19th century: they broke from convention, and changed the art world forever. French Moderns: Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950 features more than 60 works of art from the Brooklyn Museum, New York’s renowned collection of European art, as well as a selection from the WAG collection. In this exhibition, you’ll get to know some of the most beloved artists of all time: Cézanne, Degas, Manet, Monet, Morisot, Renoir, Matisse, and many others.

Ranging widely in scale, subject matter, and style, these paintings and sculptures were produced by leadings artists of the avant-garde movements who defined modern art in the 19th and 20th centuries, including Impressionism and much more. 

French Moderns is presented alongside The Impressionists on Paper, a second exhibition on view this summer at the WAG. For more and to purchase tickets in advance, visit

Co-curated by Richard Aste, Director of the McNay Art Museum (and former Curator of European Art at the Brooklyn
Museum), and Lisa Small, Curator of Exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum.

Organized in partnership with:


Claude Monet , Rising Tide at Pourville (Marée montante à Pourville), 1882. Oil on canvas. 66 x 81.3 cm. Brooklyn Museum. Gift of Mrs. Horace O. Havemeyer, 41.1260. Photo: Brooklyn Museum

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