Wednesday, August 5, 2009

All In The Family

Born in France in 1841, Berthe Morisot was a contemporary of Monet, Degas, Renoir, Pisarro and Sisley. Indeed, before she joined them all in their outsiders' exhibition in 1874, she'd already had 2 landscapes accepted at the Salon de Paris in 1864 when she was just 23, and had paintings accepted in 6 different exhibitions thereafter.

A friend of Edouard Manet for many years, in 1874, Berthe married his brother. It was she who first introduced her brother-in-law to plein air painting. She used friends and their children as models and painted captivating scenes of domesticity and leisurely life.

The painting of Berthe Morisot above was made by Manet in 1872. She was in mourning for the death of her father.

Called "Reading", the painting above by Morisot was made in 1873 and currently hangs in the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Morisot painted "Young Girl With A Cage" in 1885.


steven said...

hi, i love the softness of her work. she pulls so much of the presence of her sitters into their faces its amazing. i would love to know how she was accepted (or to what degree) by the male painters and gallery owners of her time. thanks for sharing this. have a peaceful day. steven

The Weaver of Grass said...

I have always loved Morissot's work - I think she was played down because she was a woman - but her use of colour is wonderful.