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Berthe Morisot

Berthe Morisot (1841-1895) struggled to be taken as seriously as male counterparts of the time. Reared in a conservative, cultured family, she received the art lessons given all young ladies of her class. She was excluded, as a woman, from nude life-drawing classes, but her ability emerged in paintings of the outdoors and domestic scenes. She married the brother of her mentor, Èdouard Manet, and exhibited in all but one Impressionist show. During her lifetime, Morisot’s canvases often fetched slightly higher prices than those of her male colleagues, but she remained modest. She had merely wanted to capture "something of what goes by...the smallest thing," she wrote in later life. "An attitude of Julie’s (her daughter), a smile, a flower, a fruit, the branch of a tree, any of these things alone would be enough for me."

Berthe Morisot, Summer's Day, ca. 1879

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Berthe Morisot
(French, 1841 - 1895) Summer's Day, ca. 1879

Berthe Morisot, The Artist's Daughter with a Parakeet, 1890

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Berthe Morisot
The Artist's Daughter with a Parakeet, 1890

Berthe Morisot, Young Girl with an Apron, 1891

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Berthe Morisot
Young Girl with an Apron, 1891

Berthe Morisot, The Artist's Sister at a Window, 1869

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Berthe Morisot
The Artist's Sister at a Window, 1869

Berthe Morisot, Young Woman with a Straw Hat, 1884

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Berthe Morisot
Young Woman with a Straw Hat, 1884

Berthe Morisot, Girl in a Boat with Geese, c. 1889

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Berthe Morisot
Girl in a Boat with Geese, c. 1889

Berthe Morisot, Peonies, c. 1869

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Berthe Morisot
Peonies, c. 1869

Berthe Morisot, Hanging the Laundry out to Dry, 1875

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Berthe Morisot
Hanging the Laundry out to Dry, 1875

Berthe Morisot, The Mother and Sister of the Artist, 1869/1870

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Berthe Morisot
The Mother and Sister of the Artist, 1869/1870

 

Berthe Morisot, The Sisters, 1869

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Berthe Morisot
The Sisters, 1869

 

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