Berthe Morisot  (French, 1841-1895) 

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Berthe Morisot (French, 1841–1895) was a painter and printmaker associated with the Impressionist movement and best known for her domestic scenes and portraits of women. In 1858, she studied with Joseph-Benoît Guichard (French, 1806-–1880), a student of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (French, 1780–1867) and Eugène Delacroix (French, 1798–1863), and began copying the works of the Masters in the Louvre. Morisot became acquainted with Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (French, 1796–1875), who introduced her to working en plein air, a key technique of the Impressionist group, of which she was a central member. She was a close friend and advisor to Édouard Manet (French, 1832–1883), and regularly interacted with artists and intellectuals such as Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917), Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841–1919) and Stéphane Mallarmé.

She submitted many works to the Impressionist exhibitions of the 1870s and 1880s, including The Cradle (1872), which was shown at the 1874 exhibition and was the first submission by a woman. The painting depicts one of Morisot’s sisters watching over her daughter, and it is the first of many images of motherhood in Morisot’s body of work. Paintings such as Woman and Child in the Garden at Bougival (1882) display the loose brushwork and focus on modern everyday life that have established Morisot as a quintessential Impressionist. Towards the end of her career, she turned to mythic subject matter and her brushwork became more linear, as seen in Cherry Tree (1891). In addition to paintings, Morisot produced pastels, watercolors, lithographs, and drypoints. In an auction at the Hôtel Drouot in 1875, her work sold for slightly higher prices than fellow artists Camille Pissarro (French, 1831–1903), Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926) and Alfred Sisley (French, 1839–1899), proving that she was a well-respected artist in her own time. Today, Morisot’s work is held in several museum collections, including the National Gallery in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Musée d'Orsay in Paris.

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Berthe Morisot, The Ducks and Water Plants

 

Berthe Morisot
The Ducks and Water Plants
Zygman Voss Gallery
Berthe Morisot, Jeune fille au chat

 

Berthe Morisot
Jeune fille au chat
Zygman Voss Gallery
Berthe Morisot, Self Portrait with Daughter Julie

 

Berthe Morisot
Self Portrait with Daughter Julie
1908

Zygman Voss Gallery
Berthe Morisot, Souvenir Au Bord de l’Oise

 

Berthe Morisot
Souvenir Au Bord de l’Oise
1863

Galerie Bale
Berthe Morisot, Jeunne fille au manteau vert (Girl in a Green Coat)

 

Berthe Morisot
Jeunne fille au manteau vert (Girl in a Green Coat)
1894

M.S. Rau Antiques
Berthe Morisot, Tête de jeune fille (Jeanne-Marie)

 

Berthe Morisot
Tête de jeune fille (Jeanne-Marie)
Galerie Eric Coatalem
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Berthe Morisot, Nu de Dos

 

Berthe Morisot
Nu de Dos
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Berthe Morisot, Lac de Bois (3 works)

 

Berthe Morisot
Lac de Bois (3 works)
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Berthe Morisot, Nu de Dos

 

Berthe Morisot
Nu de Dos
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1841   Born in Bourges, France
1874   Married Manet's brother, Eugene, and had one daughter, Julie
1895   Died in Paris and was interred in the Cimetière de Passy
1874   Salon des Refusés (Salon of the Rejected)
1864   Salon de Paris