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Berthe MorisotThe soul of Impressionism

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

“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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Calvary (After Veronese)

1858

View of Tivoli (After Corot)

1863

The Old Track to Auvers

1863

Memory of the Banks of l'Oise

1863

Portrait of the Artist's Mother and Sister

1869-1870

Edma with her Daughter Jeanne

1872

Hide and Seek

1873

In a Villa at the Seaside

1874

Portrait of Edma Pontillon

1872-1875

Dahlias

1876

The Cheval Glass

1876

Young Woman and Child Avenue du Bois

1876

Young Girl in a Ball Gown

1879

Winter (Woman with a Muff)

1880

Young Woman at the Mirror

1880

Pasie Sewing in Bougivals Garden

1881

The Fable

1883

The Quay at Bougival

1883

Young Woman Knitting

1883

Venus at the Forge of Vulcan (after Boucher)

1883-1884

In the Garden at Maurecourt

1884

Woman Wearing Gloves (The Parisian)

1885

The Bath

1885-1886

Reading

1888

Before the Mirror

1890

The Cherry Tree (Study)

1891

The Reclining Shepherdess

1891

The Cherry Picker

1891

Jeanne Pontillon Wearing a Hat

1893

Two Girls

1894

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