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11,392. Mademoiselle Berthe Morisot ... You can always tell a Morisot painting – ’cause it’ll definitely be the wildest and bravest thing in the room. Waldemar Januszczak, The Impressionists III: Painting and Revolution: Painting The People
11,393. Unfortunately, Berthe Morisot had a problem: she looked like this – stunning. She turned men’s heads. ibid.
11,394. A serious and instinctive and insightful painter. ibid.
11,395. Morisot was particularly good with white. ibid.
11,396. She acquired her own reputation by distinguished and beautiful colouring and dash. She was as much admired for her beauty as for her talent. A French critic sums up her qualities as follows: ‘All her work is bathed in brightness, in azure, in sunlight; it is a woman’s work, but it has a strength, a freedom of touch and an originality, which one would hardly have expected. Her water-colours, particularly, belong to a superior art: some notes of colour suffice to indicate sky, sea or a forest background and everything shows a sure and masterly fancy, for which our time can furnish no analogy. A series of Berthe Morisot’s pictures looks like a veritable bouquet, whose brilliancy is less due to the colour-schemes which are comparatively soft (grey and blue) than to the absolute correctness of the values. A hundred canvases and perhaps 300 water-colours attest this talent of high mark. Normandy coasts, scenes with pearly skies and turquoise horizons, radiant gardens of Nice, fruit-laden orchards, girls in white dresses, with big hats wreathed in flowers, young women in ball-dresses and flowers are the favourite themes of this artist.’ Encyclopaedia Americana 1920
11,397. My ambition is limited to capturing something transient. (Artists: Morisot & Ambition) Berthe Morisot
11,398. Berthe and Edma Morisot travelled to Paris to study and copy works by the Old Masters at the Louvre Museum in the late 1850s under Joseph Guichard. They also studied with landscape painter Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot to learn how to paint outdoor scenes. Berthe Morisot worked with Corot for several years and first exhibited her work in the prestigious state-run art show, the Salon, in 1864. She would earn a regular spot at show for the next decade.
In 1868, fellow artist Henri Fantin-Latour introduced Berthe Morisot to Edouard Manet. The two formed a lasting friendship and greatly influenced one another’s work. Berthe soon eschewed the paintings of her past with Corot, migrating instead toward Manet’s more unconventional and modern approach. Biography online
11,399. Morisot participated in all but one of the eight Impressionist exhibitions. She missed the fourth exhibition in 1879 due to the birth of her daughter Julie Manet (1878-1966) that previous November. Julie became an artist too.
After the eighth Impressionist exhibition in 1886, Morisot concentrated on selling through Durand-Ruel Gallery and in May 1892 she mounted her first and only one-woman show there. Art History online
63,819. Berthe Morisot: She was the one who bore the brunt of the attention ... She was a phenomenon. (Art & Artists: Morisot) Amanda Vickery, The Story of Women and Art III