Berthe Morisot Essay

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Christine MalfitanoArt 402Berthe Morisot, a French painter was born in 1841 into a wealthy family. Morisotstarted to receive painting lessons from Joseph-Benoit Guichard, and soon becameinterested in Impressionism. Morisot had married Eugene Manet and was declaredsister in law of Edouard Manet. Though she was inspired by him and he was her mentor,she clearly showed her own distinct style in every painting. "If we had to define BertheMorisot's originality, the quality that really distinguishes her from the contemporaries- wemight describe her as a painter of the early morning light. Better than any other painter,she captured, but that is almost to strong- conveyed on the canvases the pale gold ofdawn "(Rey 85). Although she wasn't a very popular featured impressionist, she still helda place among the greats such as Manet, Monet and Renoir.Manet had a profound impact on Morisot and her style of painting. "Morisot learned agreat deal about her painting from Manet, whose art she esteemed perhaps more than thatof any other contemporary" (Farwell 46). Many say she followed his style to some degreeand respected his ideas. He would often assist her in some pieces as so did she. One cansay it was a mutually beneficial relationship. "Naturally the aspiring artist was attracted bythe personality of the famous older man and admired his work. Manet, in turn, wasdazzled by the young woman, for he was able to see not only her own promise but howmuch she could inspire in others" (Rye 15) . She was a French female artist of the 1860'swho yearned to pursue a career in art, in which she had done successfully. One must fullyunderstand that this was an age where female painters were not in abundance and therewere many barriers. In 1860 she joined the impressionist group, which at the timeconsisted of Manet, Monet, Renoir, Pissaro, Van Gogh, and Degas. "Morisot becameinvolved in the impressionist movement through personal connections" (Higonnet 23).Impressionism mainly focuses on capturing a moment and what the eye sees.The impressionists wishes to portray an image, letting the paint convey an image or animpression. The main characteristic is that they used broken brush strokes , or markswhich were swatches of paint. These are...

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