A detailed, illustrated look at the life and works of the most
influential female Impressionist painter: Berthe Morisot.
Berthe Morisot won over the Impressionists with her talent and became
the first woman of the group alongside Monet, Degas, Renoir, Pissarro,
and Sisley. Likewise, she was heralded by the greatest writers of her
time; in this tribute to her, an anthology of citations from Paul
Valéry, Stéphane Mallarmé, and Jean Cocteau offers
an intimate portrait of the artist and her work. Morisot’s paintings
demonstrate how far ahead of her time she was when she created them,
pioneering a new style of painting. However, she was underestimated for
more than a century—most probably because she was a woman.
This book showcases the life and works of this influential artist,
focusing on the important stages of her career, including her first
participation in the Salon de Paris at the age of twenty-three in 1864.
Moreover, the book assesses the significance of the time certain
paintings were created, taking into consideration what was happening in
the artist’s life during that period. For example, in 1874 Berthe
married Eugène, Manet’s brother, and gave birth to their
daughter, Julie Manet, who became the subject of many of Morisot’s
Berthe Morisot includes personal correspondence between Morisot and
other important figures of the Impressionist movement, providing unique
insight into this fascinating period. This book is an essential read
for any lover of Berthe Morisot’s work, and indeed for anyone who
appreciates the work of the Impressionist artists.
About The Author
Jean-Dominique Rey, art historian and writer, has curated numerous
exhibitions and has published several essays, memoirs, and books
including Monet Water Lilies (Flammarion, 2008). Foreword by Sylvie
Patry, curator at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris. Patry curated a
retrospective exhibition on Berthe Morisot at the Musée des
Beaux-Arts de Lille and the Fondation Pierre Gianadda in Switzerland.
"Art historian Jean-Dominique Rey's new book, Berthe Morisot (Flammarion, 2011), with an introduction by Mus e d'Orsay curator Sylvi Patry, presents a comprehensive tribute to the life and career of the remarkable French artist, from her precocious talent as a child drawing and painting with her sister, to her strikingly loose works produced during the last years of her life." -Women in the Arts
"An illustrated tribute to the celebrated female Impressionist painter. This comprehensive monograph showcases her life and works..." -French Embassy
"Berthe Morisot by Jean-Dominique Rey is an elegant presentation of Morisot's finest work..." -THE Magazine