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Of the six Impressionist painters whose first exhibition scandalized and fascinated Paris in 1874, Berthe Morisot was the only woman. She reached a pinnacle of artistic achievement despite the restraints society placed on her sex, adroitly combining her artistic ambitions with a rewarding family life. Anne Higonnet brings fully to life an accomplished artist and her world.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 8th 1995 by University of California Press
(first published May 1990)
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This was a lovely biography of Berthe Morisot, one of the first members of the Impressionist movement... yes, it covered the obligatory art historical importance of the Impressionist movement, but more importantly, it shed light on Mlle Morisot's personal life: her doubts and internal struggles; her close relationship with her sister; her fascinating relationship with the more famous Manet (she ended up marrying his younger brother); the fear of living in Paris during the Franco-Prussian War ...more
This is a biography of Berthe Morisot, one of the few known female Impressionist painters, & I loved it! Berthe was one of only a few women in the Impressionist movement. It showed the struggle of artists who wanted to do break from the norm---change is not easily accepted.