Berthe Morisot

Berthe Marie Pauline Morisot (French: [bɛʁt mɔʁizo]; January 14, 1841 – March 2, 1895) was a French painter and a member of the circle of painters in Paris who became known as the Impressionists.

In 1864, Morisot exhibited for the first time in the highly esteemed Salon de Paris. Sponsored by the government and judged by Academicians, the Salon was the official, annual exhibition of the Académie des beaux-arts in Paris. Her work was selected for exhibition in six subsequent Salons[1] until, in 1874, she joined the “rejected” Impressionists in the first of their own exhibitions, which included Paul CézanneEdgar DegasClaude MonetCamille PissarroPierre-Auguste Renoir and Alfred Sisley. It was held at the studio of the photographer Nadar. Morisot went on to participate in all but one of the following eight impressionist exhibitions, between 1874 and 1886.[2]

Morisot was married to Eugène Manet, the brother of her friend and colleague Édouard Manet.

She was described by Gustave Geffroy in 1894 as one of “les trois grandes dames” of Impressionism alongside Marie Bracquemond and Mary Cassatt.[3]

“Berthe Morisot.” Wikipedia, Accessed 26 Sept. 2021.

Berthe Morisot With a Bouquet of Violets, 1872. Oil on Canvas.
Musee d’Orsay.
Édouard Manet, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Woman at Her Toilette, Oil on Canvas. 1875–1880.
Art Institute of Chicago.
Berthe Morisot, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Eugene Manet on the Isle of Wight. 1875. Oil on Canvas.
Paris, Musee Marmottan Monet
Berthe Morisot, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Berthe Morisot

Listen to this episode from Stuff You Missed in History Class on Spotify. Morisot primarily worked in oils, watercolors and pastels, and her favorite subjects were the other women in her life, often captured very tenderly in private, domestic moments. Her life is entwined with the Manets, and she was right at the heart of the Impressionist movement.

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