Berthe Mouchel. Woman, artist and activist
A discreet heroine, Berthe Mouchel was a multi-talented artist who denounced the evils of late 19th century industrial society in her paintings. Despite the difficulties of establishing herself as a woman artist, she was able to gain recognition in an artistic community dominated by the figure of the painter, and remains today one of the few women artists - alongside Angèle Delasalle, Virginie Demont-Breton and Léonie Humbert-Vignot - to have dared to address the issue of the working class in their work. In painting as in literature, these women artists set out to describe daily life and bear witness with empathy to the economic and social difficulties encountered by workers. These women - painters, authors, workers - who have been forgotten by history, are here brought back into the limelight in an exhibition that highlights the links between art and industry.
104 pages / 115 illustrations
Éditions Silvana Editoriale