Femme, femme, femme: Paintings of women in French Society from Daumier to Picasso at the New Orleans Museum of Art March 3-June 2 2007
"With paintings by such artists as Renoir, Degas, Manet, Toulouse-Lautrec and Picasso, Femme, femme, femme celebrates the emergence of the modern woman as seen through art. This evolution of women's roles is presented through several themes beginning with timeless images of domestic life in the family circle from birth to death, progressing to the nineteenth-century phenomenon of women working outside the home and the emerging independence of the twentieth-century woman. This exhibition is the fulfillment of a promise made to New Orleans just two months after Hurricane Katrina as the French Minister of Culture and Communication, Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, and President of the Louvre, Henri Loyrette, led a delegation of French diplomats and art curators on a visit to the city and the New Orleans Museum of Art. They renewed their solidarity with our beleaguered city and their desire to assist NOMA during this unprecedented time by organizing this exhibition of nearly one hundred works from the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, and museums throughout France."