Artist
Berthe Morisot
painter from France

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Berthe Morisot
painter from France

Birth Date

January 14, 1841

Death Date

March 02, 1895

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Born January 14, 1841 - Died March 2, 1895

She was born into a wealthy educated family, and unlike most women at that time, she was very lucky to have a family that supported her in her painting career. Her family was full of creative people including the prolific and sometimes erotic painter Fragonard.

She was very close to her sister Edma who was also artistically gifted. Edma was often the subject in Berthe’s paintings, and both of them studied with Corot. Women were banned from traditional art schools, and could not paint nudes, or urban street scenes. Both Morisot and Cassatt although confined to domestic scenes, excelled at what they did.

Morisot became close friends with Edouard Manet, who also became her mentor. Morisot married Eugene Manet, Edouard’s brother. She introduced Manet to her circle of friends who became the Impressionists. She also gave Manet tips on painting and influenced him, although few people want to acknowledge that.

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Here is what Wikipedia says about Berthe Morisot

Berthe Marie Pauline Morisot (French: [mɔʁizo]; January 14, 1841 – March 2, 1895) was a painter and a member of the circle of painters in Paris who became known as the Impressionists. She was described by Gustave Geffroy in 1894 as one of "les trois grandes dames" of Impressionism alongside Marie Bracquemond and Mary Cassatt.

In 1864, she exhibited for the first time in the highly esteemed Salon de Paris. Sponsored by the government, and judged by Academicians, the Salon was the official, annual exhibition of the Académie des beaux-arts in Paris. Her work was selected for exhibition in six subsequent Salons until, in 1874, she joined the "rejected" Impressionists in the first of their own exhibitions, which included Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Alfred Sisley. It was held at the studio of the photographer Nadar.

She was married to Eugène Manet, the brother of her friend and colleague Édouard Manet.

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