Exhibition - Monet to Morisot: The Real and Imagined in European Art

Thursday, Aug 18, 2022 from 11:00am to 6:00pm


Featuring nineteenth- and early twentieth-century artworks from our collection by artists born in Europe or its colonies, Monet to Morisot: The Real and Imagined in European Art focuses on a period of significant societal transformation, when artistic techniques, subject matter, and patronage underwent profound changes.

The “real and imagined” throughline of the exhibition offers an evocative and flexible lens through which to consider the artworks across five interrelated themes, unbound by chronology, and to encourage critical questions: What is real and what is imagined in works that assert and reflect views of gender, class, labor, colonialism, and nature? Who produces these frames of reference, and for whom? These questions also remind us that the traditional canon of European art history is both imagined and real. It is a construct imagined by and serving a narrow, self-designated constituency, but it has had a very real impact on what has been collected and displayed in museums.

Presented are approximately ninety works by Claude Monet, Gustave Courbet, Berthe Morisot, Francisco Oller, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Yves Tanguy, and Vasily Kandinsky, among others.

Monet to Morisot: The Real and Imagined in European Art is curated by Lisa Small, Senior Curator, European Art, with Shea Spiller and Talia Shiroma, Curatorial Assistants, Arts of the Americas and Europe, Brooklyn Museum.

Exhibition Date: February 11, 2022–May 21, 2023

Location: Brooklyn Museum, European Art Galleries, 5th Floor 


Adults: $16

Students (valid I.D.): $10

Adults 65+:  $10

Ages 19 and under: Free

Visitors with disabilities (care partner free of charge): $10

Members: Free

Group tours and school groups - Special rates apply 

All tickets to the Museum will be timed in 15-minute increments to adhere to social distancing and capacity guidelines. 

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