In April 1874, an exhibition of paintings was opened in Paris, which immediately aroused a sharp public outcry. Artists, who immediately angrily dubbed the Impressionists, exhibited works that differed from what the public was accustomed to. Among the painter-innovators (an unheard-of thing!) Was one woman, Berthe Morisot. She, like everyone else, had to achieve her recognition.

After lunch. B. Morisot, 1881.

Bertha Morisot was born in a well-to-do family of a respected bourgeois who held the post of prefect. She showed interest in painting as a child. After she overgrew the usual drawing lessons, her parents introduced her daughter to the famous French painter Camille Corot. The artist really liked the work of young Bertha, so he periodically gave her lessons.

Profile of a young woman. B. Morisot, 1879

When the artist turned 23, her paintings were put on the state-run art Paris exhibition – Salon, where there was always a very strict selection. Ten years Bert Morisot sent there their paintings, but after meeting with the circle of Impressionists, she stopped doing it.

Lilac in Maurecour. B. Morisot, 1874

After visiting the exhibition of Impressionists, Bertha’s teacher Joseph Guichard could not restrain his emotions in a letter to her mother: “When I entered there, dear Madame Moriso, I was seized with a feeling of depression at the sight of your daughter’s work in this unhealthy environment … If you look in good faith, , you can find some excellent work here and there, but all of them are to some extent not quite normal. Mademoiselle Bertha was also a victim of this insanity, her brains went mad … ”

A woman with a child on the balcony. B. Morisot, 1872

In the works of Bertha Morisot several styles dominated, but most of all the school of Camille Corot was felt. Nevertheless, the artist was able to harmoniously combine classical education with experimental art. Among the Impressionists, Berthe Morisot’s paintings were best sold.

Lucy Leon on the piano. B. Morisot, 1872

For the public of that time, an important factor was also the fact that the canvases of the artist did not have a negative social connotation. She depicted the well-fed life of the bourgeois-mothers with their children, family rest, scenes of domestic life. From her works it was warm and family happiness. People gladly bought up her paintings.

Harbor in Lorient. B. Morisot, 1869

Bertha Morisot married Eugene Manet, brother of Edward Manet. The woman received a loving husband and financial stability. It would seem that one can enjoy life and make plans for the future. But in 1893 her husband passed away. Berta was very hard to survive the loss of her husband. Literally two years later she was gone.

Eugene Manet with her daughter in the garden. B. Morisot, 1883

Many of her colleagues came to the funeral of the artist. Camille Pissarro wrote bitterly about this event to his son: “I stayed in Paris to be at the funeral of our old comrade Bertha Morisot; she died of influenza. You do not know how we were amazed and disappointed by the death of this charming artist, with such a charming feminine talent that adorned our impressionistic group. ”

 

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