From the Industrial Revolution to World War I, C. 1850–1914


Who were the Bracquemonds?

Felix Bracquemond (1833–1914) and his wife Marie (1840–1916) were both artists associated with the Impressionist style and were part of the artistic social circle that included Degas, Rodin, Manet, and Whistler. Felix was mostly a printmaker and specialized in etching. He is credited with popularizing Japanese prints, known as ukiyo-e, amongst the Impressionists, especially the work of Hokusai. Marie Bracquemond was primarily a painter and began her career by designing decorative porcelain, which attracted the attention of Degas. Though largely absent from art history survey texts, Marie Bracquemond was one of the premier women artists of the nineteenth century. Her career was not well supported by her husband, and she did not produce a body of work as large as her contemporaries, Mary Cassatt and Berthe Morisot; however, her work was exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1874 and she exhibited at multiple Impressionist shows as well.


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