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 Morisot, Berthe
The first woman to join the circle of the French impressionist painters, Berthe Morisot, b. Jan. 14, 1841, d. Mar. 2, 1895, exhibited in all but one of their shows.

Born into a family of wealth and culture, Morisot received the conventional lessons in drawing and painting. She went firmly against convention, however, in choosing to take these pursuits seriously and make them her life's work. Having studied for a time under Camille Corot, she later began her long friendship with Edouard Manet, who became her brother-in-law in 1874 and was the most important single influence on the development of her style. Unlike most of the other impressionists, who were then intensely engaged in optical experiments with color, Morisot and Manet agreed on a more conservative approach, confining their use of color to a naturalistic framework. Morisot, however, did encourage Manet to adopt the impressionists' high-keyed palette and to abandon the use of black. Her own carefully composed, brightly hued canvases are often studies of women, either out-of-doors or in domestic settings. Morisot and American artist Mary Cassatt are generally considered the most important women painters of the later 19th century.


748 x 930 155.8K
155.8K, 748 x 930

Portrait de Mademoiselle M.T.
(Young Girl with a Parrot)
Painted: 1873
Pastel on paper
60 x 49.5 cm
Private collection
New York

On the Balcony
(The identity of the models is disputed.)
Painted: 1871-72
Oil on canvas
private collection

400 x 503 25.3K
25.3K, 400 x 503

360 x 418 20.1K
20.1K, 360 x 418

The Bath (Girl Arranging Her Hair)
(The model is Isabelle Lambert)
Painted: 1885-86
Oil on canvas
66 x 81.5 cm
Sterling and Francine Church Art Institute
Williamstown

Peasant Hanging out the Washing
Painted: 1881
Oil on canvas
46 x 67 cm
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Copenhagen

1113 x 764 175.3K
175.3K, 1113 x 764

570 x 476 32.5K
32.5K, 570 x 476

Butterfly Hunt
(The models are Edma and her children)
Painted: 1874
Musée d'Orsay
Paris

Young Woman Seated at a Window
The Artist's Sister at a Window
Painted: 1869
National Gallery of Art
Washington

512 x 617 32.5K
32.5K, 512 x 617

300 x 259 14.8K
14.8K, 300 x 259

Little Girl with a Doll
Painted: 1884
Private collection

Little Girl Reading
(The model is Jeanne Bonnet. )
Painted: 1888
Museum of Fine Arts
Florida

400 x 319 24.2K
24.2K, 400 x 319

400 x 499 22.4K
22.4K, 400 x 499

Julie Rêveuse
(Julie Daydreaming)
Painted: 1894
(the model is her daughter Julie)

Julie Manet et son Lévrier Laerte
Painted: 1893
Musée Marmottan
Paris

400 x 364 22.4K
22.4K, 400 x 364

574 x 476 31.6K
31.6K, 574 x 476

Eugène Manet on the Isle of Wight
(Eugène Manet, the artist's husband)
Painted: 1875
Private Collection


Portrait of Marcel Gobillard
(Little Boy in Gray)
The model is Mme Morisot's nephew
Painted: 1880
Private collection
Geneva

300 x 421 15.8K
15.8K, 300 x 421

540 x 476 33.1K
33.1K, 540 x 476

In a Park (On the Grass)
(Edma and her children) Painted: 1874
Petit Palais
Paris

The Psyché
(The Cheval Glass)
Painted: 1876
Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection
Lugano

550 x 675 38.7K
38.7K, 550 x 675

499 x 402 24.3K
24.3K, 499 x 402

Study: At the Water's Edge
Painted: 1864
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Schoneman
One of the few early paintings of hers around

Figure of a Woman
(Before the Theater)
Painted: 1875-76
Kunsthandel
Bremen

327 x 623 20.0K
20.0K, 327 x 623

828 x 1020 152.8K
152.8K, 828 x 1020

Le berceau (The Cradle)
(The models are her sister Edma and Edma's daughter Blanche)
Painted: 1872
Oil on canvas
56 x 46 cm
Musee d'Orsay
Paris

Cache-cache (Hide-and-Seek)
(The models are Berthe Morisot's sister Edma and Edma's daughter Jeanne )
Painted: 1873
Oil on canvas
45 x 55 cm
Collection Mrs. John Hay Whitney
New York

1017 x 843 149.9K
149.9K, 1017 x 843

1020 x 610 133.0K
133.0K, 1020 x 610

Marine (The Harbor at Lorient)
Painted: 1869
Oil on canvas
43.5 x 73 cm
National Gallery of Art
Washington

La lecture
(Reading: The Mother and Sister Edma of the Artist)
(painting retouched by Manet!)
Painted: 1869-70
Oil on canvas
101 x 81.8 cm
National Gallery of Art
Washington

825 x 1016 105.2K
105.2K, 825 x 1016

1066 x 673 161.2K
161.2K, 1066 x 673

Un village
(Le village de Maurecourt)
Pastel on paper
47 x 72 cm
66 x 81.5 cm
Private collection
New York