"The Friends (Les amies)," by Louise-Catherine Breslau.

Louise-Catherine Breslau (German/Swiss, 1856-1927), The Friends (Les amies), 1881. Oil on canvas; 33-1/2 x 63 in. ©Musée d’art et d’histoire, ville de Genève, inv. no 1883-0002. Photo: Bettina Jacot-Descombes. Courtesy American Federation of Arts

If you want to get a sense of what it was like to be a woman artist in Paris in the 19th century, consider what Édouard Manet once said about the Impressionist painter Berthe Morisot: “This woman’s work is exceptional,” he said. “Too bad she’s not a man.”

Morisot managed to make a name for herself in the male-dominated art world, and today her work is widely known. But many women artists were ignored by critics and historians. Their work is waiting to be rediscovered in a new exhibition at the Denver Art Museum. It’s called, “Her Paris: Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism.” Angelica Daneo, the museum’s curator of painting and sculpture, speaks to Ryan Warner.

"Self-Portrait," by Berthe Morisot.

Berthe Morisot (French, 1841-1895), Self-Portrait, 1885. Oil on canvas; 24 x 19-11/16 in. Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris, 6022. Photo: Bridgeman Images. Courtesy American Federation of Arts

"Ernesta (Child with Nurse)," by Cecilia Beaux.

Cecilia Beaux (American, 1855-1942), Ernesta (Child with Nurse), 1894. Oil on canvas; 50-1/2 x 38-1/8 in. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York/www.metmuseum.org, Maria DeWitt Jesup Fund, 1965, 65.49. Courtesy American Federation of Arts