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Julie Manet, the daughter of Eugène Manet and the most famous female Impressionist artist, Berthe Morisot, was born in Paris on 14th November 1878 into a wealthy and cultured milieu at the height of the Impressionist era. Many young girls still confide their inner thoughts to diaries and it is hardly surprising that, with her mother giving all her encouragement, Julie woul ...more
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Published November 28th 2017 by I.B. Tauris (first published 1979)
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Linniegayl
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
My favorite artists have long been the Impressionists, in particular Monet and Renoir. But I recently developed an interest in Berthe Morisot. While reading a book about Morisot and her paintings, I discovered this book, a compilation of some of her daughter Julie’s diaries. The book includes numerous paintings done by Berthe Morisot and other Impressionists. The diary entries offer delightful insights into the life led by Julie both before and after the death of her parents, when numerous Impre ...more
Bess
Dec 06, 2020 rated it liked it
As other people have noted, this is a treasure to read if you are interested in the lives of the impressionists.

However, I have to say, being familiar with the letters of Berthe Morisot and Edouard Manet, this makes for a depressing read. It is hard to watch Julie fall into the same bourgeois routine, and adopt increasingly conservative views. It is a stark contrast to her mother who put off marriage until 35 to cement her career not just as an artist but an artist in the "new school" and her s
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Virginia
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone who's interested in the French impressionists should read this - it's truelly magnificent! ...more
Libby
Dec 20, 2018 rated it liked it
If, like me, you're a big fan of Berthe Morisot and a huge fan of Edouard Manet, reading the diary of Morisot's daughter/Manet's niece is an absolute treat. There's not much literary merit to it but if you're into this group of artists it's really interesting from a historical perspective. I thought it would be a diary more like my journal, with musings & interior thoughts, but it's a lot of descriptions of exhibitions, short details of a day's events, noting comments from various people in her ...more
Yana
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, art
A fascinating insight into the everyday life of the impressionists... I couldn't stop thinking how exceptional it was to get to grow up, surrounded by some of the greatest artists of the time - not only painters like Julie's mother Berthe Morisot, Renoir, Monet, Degas and so on, but also writers like the poet Stephane Mallarme.

Being brought up in this enviroment shaped the way Julie saw the world beautifully. And I mean this literally - when she talks about something that she saw, like the visit
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Ken Mitchell
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
It is fascinating to see how the niece of Edoard Manet and daughter of Berthe Morisot viewed her world. She experienced a fair amount of tragedy with the death of her parents and others close to her at a relatively young age. It gives a sense of how a young girl with means and connections lived in he late 19th century. It is sometimes hard to digest her naive view of world events like Dreyfus Affair and other political situations of the time. But then again, she reflected the various views of ma ...more
Dennis Dingus
Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Insight into Renoir and degas

I started reading this without expecting to much...I was wrong. The excerpts offered from the diary of Julie Janet give a glimpse into the characters of renoir, degas, and others that I had not expected. If your interested in impressionist painters it is worth the read.
Alison McMahan
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great background on the life of the Impressionist, but slow paced and not really enlightening if you already know the background.
Christy
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art, history, non-fiction
Julie Manet, the daughter of Eugène Manet and the most famous female Impressionist artist, Berthe Morisot, was born in Paris on 14th November 1878 into a wealthy and cultured milieu at the height of the Impressionist era. Many young girls still confide their inner thoughts to diaries and it is hardly surprising that, with her mother giving all her encouragement, Julie would prove to be no exception to the rule. At the age of ten, Julie began writing her "memoirs" but it wasn't until August 1893, ...more
Mattea Gernentz
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Reading this while listening to classical music was a day well-spent. Such a charming account that helps to humanize monumental figures like Renoir, Morisot, Manet, Degas, and Monet, captured through the attentive eyes of Julie Manet from the ages of 14 to 21. What a life to lead, full of jaunts to paint in the French countryside and rich conversation but also so full of sorrow and unexpected tragedy. The diary follows Julie as she loses first her father and then her beloved mother, forges her o ...more
Julie
Sep 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Selve dagbogsbladene er enormt interessante og må være et fantastisk vidnesbyrd i fransk kunsthistorie. Når det er sagt, er der mange af de redaktionelle valg, jeg ikke forstår, og som endte med at frustrere mig fra start til slut. Selvom jeg nok er mere end almindeligt visuelt anlagt, så manglede jeg altså billedmateriale, så det ville noget - hold nu op, med alle de værkreferencer, så havde særligt første del af bogen virkelig haft godt af en enkelt illustration eller to!
Carol Griffiths
Mar 20, 2021 rated it liked it
It is interesting to see the world of the Impressionists through the eyes of a young girl - the daughter of Berthe Morisot. The diary also gives insight into the lives of some of the artists she was closest to; especially Renoir and Degas.
Goda Januskeviciute
Feb 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
I liked the book, although you really have to like the impressionists and know some of their background, especially, Berthe Morisot’s (it’s her daughter’s diary). It was really interesting from a historical perspective, but I’d agree that anti-semitism should be touched upon in the introduction.
Jenny
Ce livre devrait donner 5 étoiles, mais il est difficile de donner une telle note à un journal; néanmoins, il est exceptionnel pour une fille aussi jeune, fille des artistes impressionnistes Eugène Manet et Berthe Morisot, de compiler une vue aussi merveilleuse et éclairante du monde de l'art parisien de 1893 à 1899. Les années Belle Époque couvertes par Julie Manet dans son journal permettent au lecteur de découvrir l’art, la politique, les scandales et les célébrations, les voyages et la vie d ...more
Violet Lemay
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Julie Manet's diary gives tremendous insight into the circle of impressionists who lived and worked in Paris. Fascinating! ...more
Julia
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Changing to 5 stars because its literally such a banger...even if a bit bourgeois ÷/
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Julie Manet was a French painter, model, diarist, and art collector.

She was the daughter and only child of artist Berthe Morisot and Eugène Manet, and niece of painter Édouard Manet. The death of both parents within a three-year period left her orphaned at the age of 16. She came under the guardianship of the poet/critic Stéphane Mallarmé and went to live with her cousins. She also received suppor
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