Morisot, Berthe

Morisot, Berthe

biographical name

(born Jan. 14, 1841, Bourges, France—died March 2, 1895, Paris) French painter and printmaker. Granddaughter of Jean-HonorĂ© Fragonard, she studied with Camille Corot, but the major influence over her work was Édouard Manet, whose brother she later married. She exhibited regularly with the Impressionists. None of her exhibits proved commercially successful, but she outsold Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Alfred Sisley. Her colouring was delicate and subtle, often with a subdued emerald glow, and her subjects were often members of her family. She is best known for her extremely loose brushwork and for the sensitivity she brought to her female subjects.

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