Denise Murrell
Denise Murrell is associate curator of nineteenth- and twentieth-century art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Murrell, Denise
Murrell, Denise
United States of America
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Description: Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today
The A&AePortal is pleased to feature the Prologue and Chapter One* from Denise Murrell's Posing Modernity, a revelatory study that investigates how changing modes of representing the black female figure were foundational to the development of modern art. The chapter examines the legacy of Édouard Manet’s Olympia (1863), arguing that this radical painting marked a fitfully evolving shift toward modernist portrayals of the black figure as an active participant in everyday life rather than as an exotic “other.” Denise Murrell explores the little-known interfaces between the avant-gardists of nineteenth-century Paris and the post-abolition community of free black Parisians.

*This electronic content is exclusive to the A&AePortal.*

*We will be adding the other chapters from this book to the platform in the near future.
Print publication date November 2018 (in print)
Print ISBN 9780300229066
EISBN 9780300257649
Illustrations 84
Print Status in print