Working within a genre, transforming it, or subverting it, the inventive portraits painted from the 1860s by Manet, Degas, and Renoir went beyond likeness, often seeking to convey another level of meaning by suggesting narrative.
As a result of the investigations of their forebears, a vast range of options opened to the artists exploring portraiture in the wake of Impressionism, especially Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Georges Seurat, Vincent van Gogh, and Paul Gauguin.
This exhibition is organized by the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, with gratitude for exceptional loans from the collection of the Musée d'Orsay, Paris. It is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Education programs during Faces of Impressionism: Portraits from the Musée d’Orsay are supported by Neiman Marcus' Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation.