Family Portraits

Children in Impressionist Art


The impressionist artists accorded great importance to family life, frequently portraying their own mothers, wives, and progeny in scenes of maternity and childhood

This book is not yet published, but will be available from June 2024.

ISBN: 9782080426307 Category:

Marie Delbarre, Sylvie Patry


The impressionist artists accorded great importance to family life; this book celebrates their portrayals of their mothers, wives, and children in intimate scenes together.

The impressionist masters were known for their close relationships; peers, family, art dealers, and patrons all featured regularly in their artworks, and children were favored subjects. All aspects of childhood and family life at the end of the nineteenth century-motherhood, nannies, education, games, pets, adolescence-were depicted in the works of Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Mary Cassatt, Berthe Morisot, and others. Drawing an intimate portrait of the everyday lives of these artists and their families, this volume includes more than one hundred paintings, drawings, and sculptures alongside family photographs, juxtaposed with more contemporary photographic works that demonstrate the vibrant legacy of the impressionists.

Additional information

Weight 300 g
Dimensions 22 x 28 cm
Publisher name Flammarion S.A.
Publication date 11 June 2024
Number of pages 240
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Cyrille Sciama
Dimensions 22 x 28 cm
Weight 300 g


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Cyrille Sciama is general director and chief curator and Marie Delbarre is a research assistant at the Musée des Impressionnismes Giverny.

Dominique Lobstein is specialized in impressionist painting.

Marianne Mathieu is scientific director of the Musée Marmottan Monet.

Sylvie Patry is former director of conservation and collections at the Musée d'Orsay, and former conservation consultant at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia.

Philippe Piguet is an art critic and exhibition curator.

Marie Simon is an art historian. Philippe Thiebault is an honorary general curator of heritage.

Elise Wehr is a PhD student.