Past Online Painting Sessions
BERTHE’S BLOOMING BEAUTY
“’Roses Tremieres (Hollyhocks) ~ 1884”
ABOUT BERTHE MORISOT
Berthe Morisot – also known as the First Lady of French Impressionism was a brilliant oil painter, mother & feminist.
Born in 1841, Morisot first showed at the Paris Salon in 1864—initially with works influenced by teachers she had, chiefly the Barbizon master Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot—and figured prominently in all the annual Impressionist exhibitions, from 1874 to 1886, except that of 1879, when she was too ill, after the birth of her only child, Julie, to participate. Manet kept three of her paintings in his bedroom. She was a painter’s painter, but only by default. Today, she is the most interesting artist of her generation, for feats of form and depths of meaning that were still developing when she died from pneumonia, in 1895, at the age of fifty-four. She is due for full-blown fame. The strategic irritant of “Woman Impressionist” will wear away.