After moving to Paris with her family, the Berthe received their first instruction in drawing and painting. Morisot received the conventional lessons in drawing and painting. She went firmly against convention, however, in choosing to take these pursuits seriously and make them her life's work. . She took some lessons for a time under Camille Corot.
In July 1868 Fantin-Latour introduced Berthe to Manet, whom she greatly admired. Although Manet was had a strong influence on her work, she soon developed a distinctive style of her own. Her style, in turn, influenced his painting and encouraged him to work en plein air. She appears in The Balcony and a number of later works. Unlike most of the other impressionists, who were then intensely engaged in optical experiments with colour, Morisot and Manet agreed on a more conservative approach, confining their use of colour to a naturalistic framework.
|Manet 1868-9 "The Balcony" Berthe Morisot, Antoine Guillemet, Fanny Claus|
Morisot exhibited regularly at the Salon, and at all the Impressionist exhibitions except for 1879. Morisot took part in the innovations of the Impressionists from the beginning and she remained faithful up to the last group exhibition in 1886.
In March of 1895, Berthe Morisot died of pneumonia at the age of 54. In her last letter to her daughter, Julie Manet, she bequeathed paintings to Degas, Monet and Renoir. In spite of her international reputation as an artist, her death certificate bears the words "No professions".
This is part 1 of a 6-part post on the works of Berthe Morisot. Parts 1-4 show her oil paintings, parts 5-6 her watercolours and drawings:
|1859 Farm in Normandy oil on canvas|
|1863 Old Path at Auvers oil on canvas|
|1864 Study - The Water's Edge oil on canvas 60 x 73.4 cm|
|1865 Thatched Cottage in Normandy oil on canvas|
|1869 The Artist's Sister at a Window oil on canvas|
|1869 The Harbour at Lorient oil on canvas 43 x 72 cm|
|1869 Two Sisters on a Couch oil on canvas 52.1 x 81.3 cm|
|1869-70 Mother and Sister of the Artist oil on canvas|
|1870 Portrait of Edma oil on canvas|
|c1870 The Pink Dress oil on canvas|
|1871-72 Woman and Child on a Balcony oil on canvas|
|1872 Interior oil on canvas 23.6 x 73 cm|
|1872 The Cradle oil on canvas 56 x 46 cm|
|1873 Hide-and-Seek oil on canvas 45 x 55 cm|
|1873 Reading with Green Umbrella oil on canvas|
|c1873 Young Girl with a Parrot pastel on paper 60 x 49.5 cm|
|1874 Boats under Construction oil on canvas|
|1874 Chasing Butterflies oil on canvas|
|1874 Madame Boursier and Her Daughter oil on canvas 73 x 56.5 cm|
|1874 On the Terrace oil on canvas|
|1874 Portrait of Madame Hubbard oil on canvas|
|1875 At the Ball oil on canvas|
|1875 English Seascape oil on canvas|
|1875 Eugène Manet on the Isle of White oil on canvas 38.1 x 18.1 cm|