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Berthe Morisot
The soul of Impressionism

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“It is important to express oneself… provided the feelings are real and are taken from your own experience” - Berthe Morisot

Berthe Morisot was born in Bourges, France, into an affluent family. In 1852 the family moved to Paris, and as was common among daughters of the bourgeois, Berthe and her sisters Yves and Edma began an artistic education, tutored by Joseph Guichard. At age 16, Guichard introduced Berthe to the Louvre gallery where she learned by copying artworks by the Old Masters. One of Berthe’s earliest known works is her Calvary, copied from Paolo Veronese’s 1588 painting. Though her sisters eventually married and moved away, Berthe continued her study.

In the Paris art world in 1860, women were not allowed to join official arts institutions — but at 19 years old, Morisot’s skills had already been recognized, and she registered as a copyist at the Louvre. The Louvre was an opportunity to mingle with artists and teachers including Camille Corot and Achille Oudinot, painters of the Barbizon School. Under Corot’s influence, Berthe took up plein air painting, moving from the studio to the dappled light of the French countryside — and into a the beginning of a new movement that would become known as Impressionism.

Her landscape paintings won Berthe her first exhibition at the celebrated Salon de Paris, in 1864. Memory on the Banks of l’Oise, and The Old Track at Auvers were received well by the French Academy, though they were closely compared to Corot’s painting from the same show. Morisot ‘reacted unfavorably’[2] to the criticism, but her work was well positioned within the academic community, and she would go on to show work at the salon in 1865, 1866, 1868, 1870, 1872 and 1873.


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Reed Enger, "Berthe Morisot, The soul of Impressionism," in Obelisk Art History, Published January 23, 2015; last modified September 18, 2018, http://arthistoryproject.com/artists/berthe-morisot/.

Berthe Morisot was a French Female Artist born on January 14, 1841. Morisot contributed to the Impressionist movement and died on March 2, 1895.

Calvary (After Veronese), Berthe Morisot

Calvary (After Veronese)

1858
Memory of the Banks of l'Oise, Berthe Morisot

Memory of the Banks of l'Oise

1863
The Old Track to Auvers, Berthe Morisot

The Old Track to Auvers

1863
View of Tivoli (After Corot), Berthe Morisot

View of Tivoli (After Corot)

1863
Portrait of the Artist's Mother and Sister, Berthe Morisot

Portrait of the Artist's Mother and Sister

1869-1870
Edma with her Daughter Jeanne, Berthe Morisot

Edma with her Daughter Jeanne

1872
Hide and Seek (Cache-Cache), Berthe Morisot

Hide and Seek (Cache-Cache)

1873
In a Villa at the Seaside, Berthe Morisot

In a Villa at the Seaside

1874
Portrait of Edma Pontillon, Berthe Morisot

Portrait of Edma Pontillon

1872-1875
Dahlias, Berthe Morisot

Dahlias

1876
The Cheval Glass, Berthe Morisot

The Cheval Glass

1876
Young Woman and Child Avenue du Bois, Berthe Morisot

Young Woman and Child Avenue du Bois

1876
Young Girl in a Ball Gown, Berthe Morisot

Young Girl in a Ball Gown

1879
Winter (Woman with a Muff), Berthe Morisot

Winter (Woman with a Muff)

1880
Young Woman at the Mirror, Berthe Morisot

Young Woman at the Mirror

1880
Pasie Sewing in Bougivals Garden, Berthe Morisot

Pasie Sewing in Bougivals Garden

1881
The Fable, Berthe Morisot

The Fable

1883
The Quay at Bougival, Berthe Morisot

The Quay at Bougival

1883
Young Woman Knitting, Berthe Morisot

Young Woman Knitting

1883
In the Garden at Maurecourt, Berthe Morisot

In the Garden at Maurecourt

1884
Venus at the Forge of Vulcan (after Boucher), Berthe Morisot

Venus at the Forge of Vulcan (after Boucher)

1883-1884
Woman Wearing Gloves (The Parisian), Berthe Morisot

Woman Wearing Gloves (The Parisian)

1885
The Bath, Berthe Morisot

The Bath

1885-1886
Reading, Berthe Morisot

Reading

1888
Before the Mirror, Berthe Morisot

Before the Mirror

1890
The Cherry Picker, Berthe Morisot

The Cherry Picker

1891
The Cherry Tree (Study), Berthe Morisot

The Cherry Tree (Study)

1891
The Reclining Shepherdess, Berthe Morisot

The Reclining Shepherdess

1891
Jeanne Pontillon Wearing a Hat, Berthe Morisot

Jeanne Pontillon Wearing a Hat

1893
Two Girls, Berthe Morisot

Two Girls

1894

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