Émilie Charmy (1878-1974) was a highly original exponent of modern art in Paris during the first half of the 20th century. She developed her artistic personality by engaging with impressionism, post-impressionism, and fauvism in the years leading to World War I. She became well known for her strikingly expressive and sensuous depictions of the female form.
Émilie Charmy and the Feminine in Modern French Art brings together two paintings by Charmy—both self-portraits—with works on paper by her contemporaries Raoul Dufy, Henri Matisse, Georges Rouault, and Suzanne Valadon. These works derive from the Museum's collections as well as from a private collection.