Artist biography

Berthe Morisot 1841-1895

French Impressionist painter in oil and watercolour of landscapes, female figures and children. Born at Bourges of a well-to-do and cultured family; moved to Paris in 1851. Studied first under Chocarne, then 1858-61 under Guichard, a pupil of Ingres and Delacroix, and copied in the Louvre under his supervision. From 1861 became a pupil of Corot and started to paint out of doors; also studied with Corot's pupil Oudinot and with the sculptor Aimé Millet. Met Daubigny, Fantin-Latour, Manet, Degas. Posed for Manet's 'The Balcony' in 1869 and the two families became very friendly; she married Edouard Manet's younger brother Eugène in 1874. Exhibited at seven of the eight Impressionist exhibitions 1874-86. Lived in Paris, but often spent the summers in Normandy, Brittany, Touraine or Bougival. Her late work, from c.1887-9, was somewhat influenced by Renoir. First one-woman exhibition at the Galerie Boussod-Valadon, Paris, 1892. Died in Paris.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.541