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Berthe Morisot, 1875
photograph by Charles Reutlinger
 
 
Berthe Morisot, (born Jan. 14, 1841, Bourges, Fr.—died March 2, 1895, Paris), French painter and printmaker who exhibited regularly with the Impressionists and, despite the protests of friends and family, continued to participate in their struggle for recognition.

The daughter of a high government official (and a granddaughter of the important Rococo painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard), Morisot decided early to be an artist and pursued her goal with seriousness and dedication. From 1862 to 1868 she worked under the guidance of Camille Corot. She first exhibited paintings at the Salon in 1864. Her work was exhibited there regularly through 1874, when she vowed never to show her paintings in the officially sanctioned forum again. In 1868 she met Édouard Manet, who was to exert a tremendous influence over her work. He did several portraits of her (e.g., “Repose,” c. 1870). Manet had a liberating effect on her work, and she in turn aroused his interest in outdoor painting.

 
 

Berthe Morisot
 
Berthe Morisot
 
 

Morisot’s work never lost its Manet-like quality—an insistence on design—nor did she become as involved in colour-optical experimentation as her fellow Impressionists. Her paintings frequently included members of her family, particularly her sister, Edma (e.g., “The Artist’s Sister, Mme Pontillon, Seated on the Grass,” 1873; and “The Artist’s Sister Edma and Their Mother,” 1870). Delicate and subtle, exquisite in colour—often with a subdued emerald glow—they won her the admiration of her Impressionist colleagues. Like that of the other Impressionists, her work was ridiculed by many critics. Never commercially successful during her lifetime, she nevertheless outsold Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Alfred Sisley. She was a woman of great culture and charm and counted among her close friends Stéphane Mallarmé, Edgar Degas, Charles Baudelaire, Émile Zola, Emmanuel Chabrier, Renoir, and Monet. She married Édouard Manet’s younger brother Eugène.

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Berthe Morisot, 1893
 
 
 

Edouard Manet, Berthe Morisot with a Bouquet of Violets
(in mourning for her father), 1872, Musée d'Orsay
 
 
 

The Cradle
1872
Musée d’Orsay, Paris






Harbor at Lorient
1869
 



Old Path at Auvers
1863





The Mother and Sister of the Artist
1869
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.



Young Woman Sewing in a Garden
1881



The Butterfly Chase
1874





The Artist's Sister at a Window
1869
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.



Peasant Hanging out the Washing



A Woman at her Toilette
1875



Miss Reynolds
1884





Portrait of Edma
1870
Courtauld Institute Galleries, London

 
 
 
 
 



Mme. Pontillon
1871
Musée du Louvre, Paris




A Summer's Day



After Luncheon
1881



Julie Playing a Violin
1893



Interior
1872


 


Eugene Manet on the Isle of Wight






Hide and Seek
1873

 
 
 

 
 
 
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