Berthe Morisot

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Berthe Morisot (1841–1895) was one of only a handful of women who exhibited both at the famed Paris Salon and with the French Impressionists. Her exquisite work depicts the world of the Parisian bourgeoisie: their clothes, their life-styles, their surroundings, and their relationships.

Over one hundred full-color paintings, graphic works, watercolors, and pastels are reproduced in this volume, and are accompanied by original commentaries that follow the artist's career from...

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Overview

Berthe Morisot (1841–1895) was one of only a handful of women who exhibited both at the famed Paris Salon and with the French Impressionists. Her exquisite work depicts the world of the Parisian bourgeoisie: their clothes, their life-styles, their surroundings, and their relationships.

Over one hundred full-color paintings, graphic works, watercolors, and pastels are reproduced in this volume, and are accompanied by original commentaries that follow the artist's career from her training with Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot to her final work. Included in the volume is an essay that Morisot wrote about her nephew-in-law Paul Valéry in 1948—a seminal text that has never been included in his collected works—as well as extensive correspondence and sketchbooks held at the Musée Marmottan Monet, which have rarely been accessible. Morisot has been hailed by historians as one of the forgotten women artists of the 19th century, and this volume helps to reveal her artistic influence on her better-known peers.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This exhibition catalogue, published to accompany a retrospective exhibit at the Musée Marmottan Monet in France, presents a comprehensive and scholarly overview of the Impressionist Morisot as both an artist and a woman of her time. After some brief introductory text, the bulk of the book moves chronologically through Morisot's works. Reproductions are paired with a few elucidating paragraphs, reading like extended object labels in a museum, and providing a blend of biographical information, artistic context, and analysis of visual style and technique. The Morisot described is a skilled and subtly complicated artist, occupied with "a modern, feminine subject-matter, Impressionist brushwork, and a luminous palette and transparent effects." Her circle of friends, which included Degas and Renoir, variously influenced her style and provided counterpoints off of which she distinguished her own interests and aesthetics. Perhaps most importantly, however, the text charts the influence of her daughter on her practice and finished work, stressing that Morisot should be understood as someone whose "role of mother and her profession of painter are integral facets of one and the same person." As a revealing look into the decidedly feminine concerns and talents from a period of art history dominated by men, this overview provides valuable insight. While the text itself often errs on the side of dry caution, the inner richness of the artist's life remains evident, and the collected images alone are evocative enough to stir considerable interest. 200 color illustrations.
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Bookslut - Leah Triplett Sear
“A wonderfully nuanced look at Morisot’s life, as well as a keen examination of her masterful watercolors and drawings."—Leah Triplett Sear, Bookslut 
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300182019
  • Publisher: Editions Hazan, Paris
  • Publication date: 8/28/2012
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 792,588
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Marianne Mathieu is a writer, art critic, and curator.

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