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Berthe Morisot


Berthe Morisot

(b Bourges, Cher, 14 Jan 1841; d Paris, 2 March 1895).

French painter and printmaker. As the child of upper middle-class parents, Marie-Joséphine-Cornélie and Edme Tiburce Morisot, she was expected to be a skilled amateur artist and was thus given appropriate schooling. In 1857 she attended drawing lessons with Geoffroy-Alphonse Chocarne ( fl 1838–57), but in 1858 she and her sister Edma left to study under Joseph-Benoît Guichard, a pupil of Ingres and Delacroix. In the same year they registered as copyists in the Louvre, copying Veronese and Rubens. The sisters were introduced to Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot in 1861 and took advice from him and subsequently from his pupil, Achille-François Oudinot (1820–91). Through these artists they became familiar with current debates on naturalism and began to work en plein air, painting at Pontoise, Normandy and Brittany (e.g. Thatched Cottage in Normandy, 1865; priv. col.).



The Cradle
Musée d’Orsay, Paris


Old Path at Auvers


The Mother and Sister of the Artist
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.


Young Woman Sewing in a Garden


The Butterfly Chase


The Artist's Sister at a Window
National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.


Peasant Hanging out the Washing


Before the Mirror


A Woman at her Toilette


Miss Reynolds


Portrait of Edma
Courtauld Institute Galleries, London

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