01 work, PORTRAIT OF A LADY, Édouard Manet’s Berthe Morisot, with Footnotes. #109

Édouard Manet, (1832–1883)
Berthe Morisot au bouquet de violettes

Berthe Morisot With a Bouquet of Violets, c. 1872
Oil on canvas
Height: 550 mm (21.65 ″); Width: 400 mm (15.74 ″)
Musée d’Orsay

Berthe Morisot was the first lady of Impressionism, she first exhibited in the Salon de Refuse in 1864 set up by Napoleon 3 to show work rejected by the Academy. Berthe and her sister Edma trained together, they visited the Louvre to study, for three years they studied with their tutor Guichard. Undervalued for over a century, possibly because she was a woman, Morisot is now considered among the first league of Impressionist painters, selling three hundred and fifty paintings. 

Morisot painted what she experienced on a daily basis. Most of her paintings include domestic scenes of family, children, ladies, and flowers, depicting what women’s life was like in the late nineteenth century. More on Berthe Morisot

Édouard Manet became acquainted with Berthe Morisot in 1868. She was the grand-niece of Fragonard, and also a painter; Morisot and Manet influenced each other’s work. He painted her portrait many times, including his earlier work The Balcony. She married Manet’s brother Eugène in 1874.

This painting was one of several portraits of a black-clad Morisot by Manet between 1872 and 1874; others show her with a pink shoe, with a fan, and veiled. Manet sold or gave the painting to collector and art critic Théodore Duret. Morisot herself acquired the painting in 1894, paying 5,100 francs in the sale of Duret’s collection. More on this painting

Édouard Manet (23 January 1832 – 30 April 1883) was a French painter. He was one of the first 19th-century artists to paint modern life, and a pivotal figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism.

His early masterworks, The Luncheon on the Grass (Le déjeuner sur l’herbe) and Olympia, both 1863, caused great controversy and served as rallying points for the young painters who would create Impressionism. Today, these are considered watershed paintings that mark the genesis of modern art. More on Édouard Manet

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I search Art History for Beautiful works that may, or may not, have a secondary or unexpected story to tell. I then write short summaries that grow from my research. Art work is so much more when its secrets are exposed

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