This exhibition is one of the spring events in Paris
It is the first time in more than a half a century that an exhibition is devoted entirely to Berthe Morisot. The richness of the exhibition allows highlighting the relationship between Berthe Morisot and her renowned contemporaries, of which Edouard Manet and Renoir.
Berthe Morisot is amongst the rare French women painters to have accompanied the Impressionists in their quest of the public; great grand niece of Fragonard, she very early on developed an interest in painting and made the acquaintance of Fantin Latour at the Louvre.
In 1868, she met Edouard Manet whose brother, Eugène, she married. In addition to her work as a painter, Berthe Morisot also posed for Manet (Le Balcon, Le Repos, …). In 1974, she joined the Impressionists in the first of their own exhibition as the Independents, away from the official Salon of the Académie des Beaux Arts who had rejected them.
Berthe Morisot had her first solo exhibition a few months after losing her husband, in 1892. She exposed in all of the Impressionists’ exhibitions with the exception of the one held in 1879, the year her daughter Julie was born. Her paintings depict mostly family scenes. She died in 1895 and a year later a retrospective of her work was organized in the gallery of Durand-Ruel, the great art dealer, during which over 300 of her works were exposed.
The Musée Marmottan’s exhibition includes over 80 paintings coming for the most part from the private legacy of Berthe Morisot’s grandson, Denis Rouart.