A-Level: 19th-century painting + sculpture of female figures




Lacking access to the cafes and bars male Impressionists painted, Morisot mastered intimate domestic interiors.

Berthe Morisot, The Cradle





Édouard Manet, Olympia, 1863, oil on canvas, 130 x 190 cm (Musée d'Orsay, Paris)
Manet decided to replace the idealized female nude with the image of a known prostitute. It didn’t go so well.

Édouard Manet, Olympia


Mary Cassatt, In the Loge- detail
The subject looks through opera glasses, but she herself is the object of another man’s gaze—not to mention ours.

Mary Cassatt, In the Loge











Auguste Renoir, La Loge- detail
The Paris Opera was a who’s who of society, and the attendees were as much on display as the performers.

Auguste Renoir, La Loge







Édouard Manet, The Balcony, 1868-69
This work celebrates the leisurely lifestyle of the urban bourgeoisie, but it also shows its more somber aspects.

Édouard Manet, The Balcony