Morisot, Berthe

PAINTER (FRANCE)
BORN 14 Jan 1841, Bourges - DIED 2 Mar 1895, Paris
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Passy Cimetière (division 4)

First female French impressionist. She was a granddaughter of the painter Fragonard and the youngest daughter of the prefect of Cher. In 1859 she met Fantin-Latour and she studied under the famous Corot. When she was at a copying session at the Louvre with her sister Edma she met Edouard Manet. Manet was deeply impressed by her great looks and they soon became friends. Reportedly, they also fell in love, but Manet was already married. Allthough she was a talented painter herself she valued Manet's advice highly and she willingly posed for ten of his paintings, starting with "The Balcony". She also influenced Manet, who started to use the impressionst technique and palette, allthough he didn't want to be one of the impressionists himself.

After she married his younger brother Eugène in 1874 she no longer sat for him, but they always remained close friends. She also knew Manet's friend Baudelaire, when the latter was already seriously ill with syphilis. In the last year of his life she used to visit him and play Wagner at the piano. In 1879 her daughter Julie was born.

Berthe Morisot exhibited at all the Impressionist Exhibitions, except that of 1879. After 1885 her works shows the influence of Renoir.

Related persons
• knew Baudelaire, Charles
• was pupil to Corot, Jean-Baptiste Camille
• knew Fantin-Latour, Ignace Henri Jean Théodore
• was painted by Manet, Edouard

Sources
• Culbertson, Judi & Tom Randall, Permanent Parisians, Robson Books, London, 1991
The Great Artists 14 - Manet, Marshall Cavendish Partworks, London, 1985
• Murray, Peter & Linda Murray, The Penguin Dictionary of Arts & Artists, Fourth Edition, Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, 1981

Images

The grave of Édouard Manet and Berthe Morisot at the Passy cemetery, Paris.
Picture by Androom (29 Mar 2010)

 


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Published: 1 Jan 2006
Last update: 23 May 2010