Berthe Morisot (1841 – 1895, French) 

Berthe Morisot by Edouard Manet

Berthe Morisot by Edouard Manet

Berthe Morisot (1841 – 1895, French) was an Impressionist painter who was initially little known; however, today she is widely celebrated as one of the founding artists of the Impressionist movement.

Morisot was born into a well-to-do family, which also included the 18th century painter Fragonard, and her family did not stop her and her sister’s pursuit of becoming painters. At twenty, she had become friends with the landscape painter, Camille Corot.

In 1864 at age 23, Morisot first exhibited landscape paintings at the Paris Salon and continued to exhibit there until 1874 when she joined the “rejected” Impressionists: Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Alfred Sisley.

In 1868, Morisot met Édouard Manet. Manet was attracted to her and portrayed her in several of his paintings, gave her an easel and listened to her regarding his works. It is often thought that Morisot followed in his footsteps; however, Morisot had already developed her own distinctive style, and it was she who convinced Manet to try plein air painting.  In 1874, Morisot married Manet’s brother, Eugene, and had one daughter, Julie, who appears in many of her paintings.

Because she was a woman, Morisot’s paintings reflect the typical 19th century lifestyle that women were allowed to access, and like Mary Cassatt, focused on domestic scenes which included family and friends and, of course, cats. Her works were popular and sold well during her lifetime.

Berthe Morisot died on March 2, 1895 in Paris and was buried in the Cimetière de Passy.


Berthe Morisot, Jenne Fille avec Chat, 1866

Jenne Fille avec Chat, 1866



Berthe Morisot (1841-1895) Young Girl and Cat

Young Girl and Cat




Young Girls at the Window with a cat, Berthe Morisot

Young Girls at the Window with a cat




Berthe-Morisot, Girl with Cat

Girl with Cat




Young Woman in a Blue Blouse, 1889 Berthe Morisot

Young Woman in a Blue Blouse, 1889



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