Collection: Berthe Morisot

Berthe Morisot: An Established Female Artist In The Male-Dominated Period

Berthe Morisot was born in 1841 in France. Her mother was related to the rococo painter, Jean-Honore, so it was expected that Morisot and her sisters would also get the art education. Even though there was not much scope for female artists in that Period, Morisot became a leading figure of the artistic movement of the 19th century. With her artistic talents, she achieved success from an early period of her life. She developed a connection with some famous male artists, and with some familial support, she left a permanent mark on French art.

Recognition even in the patriarchal Period

Berthe was barred from accessing all subject matter because of her gender. Her male impressionist colleagues got full access to the subject matter, particularly cabarets, urban life, brothels, and bar. But Morisot’s painting gave her access to all aspects of feminine life in the 19th century that were generally closed for the male counterparts. She produced many canvases that represented many subjects, including urban scenes, landscapes, streets, still life, nudes, and portraits. Like the male artists, she also started developing favorite models, including her daughter. Her husband Eugene Manet wholeheartedly supported the artist, who sacrificed his ambition to manage her career. Morisot had a unique ability to know the public taste, and that’s why her works sold well during her time.

Artworks that made Berthe popular

  • View of Paris from Trocadero- this is an early life landscape work of Morisot. She completed it just after the Franco-Prussian war.
  • The Cradle- it is arguably the most famous painting by Morisot. It depicts her sister Edma gazing at her daughter.
  • Dans le Ble- this painting depicts a village scene.
  • Young girl in Ball Gown- this is a depiction of a young lady in a ball dress.
  • Reclining Nude Shepherdess- this work is from Morisot’s later Period. Here she has used a bright color palette.  

Berthe Morisot died after suffering from pneumonia on March 2, 1895, in Paris.

 

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