French Moderns

Monet to Matisse, 1850–1950

Richard Aste, Lisa Small, and Cora Michael

    ISBN: 9781785515996

    Size: 10 x 11 inches, 280 x 254mm,

    Binding: Hardcover

    Pages: 144

    In association with:

    Date published: October, 2024

    UK £40.00 /US $55.00


  • Includes stunning reproductions of works by world-renowned artists
  • Explores the Brooklyn Museum’s rich history of collecting and exhibiting French modernism
  • Ranging widely in scale, subject matter and style, these paintings and sculptures were produced by the era’s leading artists, both French-born and others who studied and worked in France


The years between the Revolution of 1848 and the end of World War II were characterized by profound and sweeping social, intellectual, and political change in France.
This splendid volume features works from the Brooklyn Museum’s renowned European collection celebrating Paris and its surroundings as the artistic center of international modernism. Ranging widely in scale, subject matter, and style, these works were produced by the era’s leading artists, including Bonnard, Caillebotte, Cézanne, Chagall, Degas, Matisse, Monet, Picasso, Redon, Renoir, and Rodin, among others. Organized into four sections, the works in this book exemplify the successive avant-garde movements that defined modern art, tracing a shift from naturalism to the rise of abstraction.
Revised and updated with a new cover and extensive revisions, this stunning book is published to accompany a major traveling exhibition of one of the best collections of French Modern art in the United States.

Author information

Richard Aste is the former Director of the McNay Art Museum and former curator of European Art and the Brooklyn Museum.

Cora Michael is the former Associate Curator of Exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum

Lisa Small is Curator of European Paintings and Sculpture at the Brooklyn Museum