Oct 4, 2017
Apr 6, 2006
Oct 4, 2017

Berthe Morisot

Berthe Morisot

c. 1869–73

Edouard Manet

(French, 1832–1883)

Oil on fabric

Framed: 91.1 x 76.5 x 7.3 cm (35 7/8 x 30 1/8 x 2 7/8 in.); Unframed: 74 x 60 cm (29 1/8 x 23 5/8 in.)

Bequest of Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. 1958.34

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Manet kept this portrait of Morisot throughout his life, and it was listed in the inventory of his studio after his death.


This painting depicts the Impressionist painter Berthe Morisot, who began working closely with Manet around 1868. Manet painted her portrait several times, at first presenting her in static poses with neatly styled hair. As their relationship grew closer, Manet began portraying her in more momentary, fleeting states. She almost appears to be moving in this portrait, her hair disheveled as she throws a furtive glance to the side. Manet’s sketchy brushwork creates a daringly unfinished look, as if echoing the hurried tempo of modern life.

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