Happy Birthday, Berthe Morisot! Morisot, born on January 14, 1841, was a highly renowned artist who was one of the pioneers of the impressionist movement. She was described as one of the “les trois grandes dames” of Impressionism along with Mary Cassatt and Marie Bracquermond. This portrait of her was painted by her brother-in-law and friend, Edouard Manet.
Morisot was lucky enough to have a family that supported her education as an artist. She studied at many prestigious institutions and was highly influenced by Camille Corot, who influenced Morisot taking up “plein air,” which is mostly used to describe painting outdoors.
Morisot and Manet had a very close relationship. Generally, it was widely believed that Morisot was Manet’s pupil, but in truth, they’re relationship was a lot more reciprocative than that; Manet’s work shows influence of Morisot’s works, which she developed before the two became acquianted. In addition, it was Morisot that encouraged Manet to try plein air painting.
Most of Morisot’s paintings were of what she experienced on a daily basis, generally staying away from things that were popular to paint at the time, such as nides or urban settings. Instead, a lot of her works had a soft, domestic taste to them that very much appealed to her female audience.
Morisot married Edouard Manet’s brother and had a daughter with him, Julie Manet, who went on to be a writer, an artist, and a model for some of the greatest painters of their time.
By Maki Kern