Although her name is not widely known nowadays, she was one of the Impressionists alongside Monet, Cézanne and Renoir.
Berthe Morisot was born in 1841 and her parents, although not rich, had enough money to let Berthe and her sister Edma follow drawing classes and to let them paint.
Berthe was doing really well and had work of her at the Salon, where they were well received.
When Edouard Manet asked her to become his student, she refused, it was not necessary for her to become his student, she had enough success on her own.
She did however marry Manet's brother, Eugène. This was a marriage between two people who loved eachother. Eugène supported her painting everyway he could.
|Monsieur Manet et sa fille dans le jardin 1881|
Berthe Morisot often painted women and children and her style is even more impressionist than some other Impressionists. The other Impressionists held her in high regard, but over the years her name has become more or less forgotten.
|Femme et enfant au balcon 1871-1872|
|Le lever, 1885-1886|
She died in 1895 and left a beautiful oeuvre, that deserves to be better known than it is today.
|Le Berceau, 1872|
I went to Paris to see this exhibition. I did not know the works of Berthe Morisot and had little idea what I would see, but I loved it very much. I liked how she could give the impression of something with just a few brushstrokes and the way she used colour. I also admired how divers her paintings were, from children to a sea-sight, and all of them equally beautiful.
|Marine en Angelterre 1875|
In short, this exhibition (that has also been shown in Dallas, Québec and Philadelphia) is worth going to Paris for, if you have the chance. :-)
I feel very privilegded that I had this opportunity and get to know a new painter (new to me).