Paris comes to Milwaukee this month

Camille Pissarro, Kew Gardens, London, ca. 1892

Degas to Picasso, Creating Modernism in France

November, 2017

 Works by Eugène Delacroix, Édouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, Camille Pissarro, Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger, and Marc Chagall are part of the exhibition.

  “Degas to Picasso will give museum visitors the opportunity to experience modernism in the way that artists themselves did – not as a single style or an organized movement, but as a process of exploration that began in Paris and connected generations, from Delacroix to Degas and Cézanne to Picasso,” said Britany Salsbury, the museum’s associate curator of prints and drawings.

     This exhibition expands upon an exhibition by the Ashmolean  Museum, University of Oxford, with the presenting sponsor Milwaukee Art Museum’s Friends of Art and supporting sponsor Katharine and Sanford Mallin.


Paris was at the center of modern art’s development, and the Milwaukee Art Museum tells that story through 150 works by influential artists working in the city during the 19th and 20th centuries.

     Degas to Picasso: Creating Modernism in France will be on view Nov. 4 through Jan. 28, 2018. Another exhibition at the museum, Designing Paris: The Posters of Jules Chéret, opens Dec. 15, continuing through April 29, 2018. And across town, Nov. 2-5, Milwaukee Ballet also brings Parisian glamour to Milwaukee with Puccini’s La Bohème.

 Degas to Picasso leads museum visitors chronologically through the 19th century, a time when artists from around the world gathered in Paris’s studios, galleries, salons and museums. They moved away from traditional subjects and styles and, through experimentation and abstraction, charted a new course for art with movements such as Impressionism and Cubism.

     The exhibition focuses especially on works on paper, highlighting the different ways that modern artists used drawings and prints, and the important role played by these media in their artistic practices.

How art evolved in Paris
Traced by Milwaukee Art Museum Paris comes to Milwaukee for the holidays, with exhibitions, performances and special events that focus on the uniqueness of the “City of Light.”

jules Chéret

Designing Paris: The Posters of Jules Chéret, highlights the colorful, inventive posters advertising Paris’s entertainment, products, shops and more in the late 19th century. The exhibition features highlights from a gift to the museum of nearly 600 Chéret posters by local collectors Susee and James Wiechmann.

Dec. 15-April 29, 2018.

Edgar Degas, Self-Portrait in a Top Hat, ca. 1865; Edgar Degas, After the Bath, Woman Drying Her Leg, 1900-1905;

Pablo Picasso, Study for "Three Musicians", 1920.

art-centered activities

for kids and families

Intriguing gallery talks and lectures surround the exhibitions. As always, there are many fun, art-centered activities for kids and families. Gift ideas abound at the special shop for Degas to Picasso, and the Museum Store. Holiday themes add a festive note to the museum’s November and December music performances, while a Paris-themed New Year’s Eve celebration will help ring in 2018. For more information, visit

This year's MAM ornament is adapted from a watercolor done by James Steeno.