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Berthe Morisot

French, (1841–1895)
Berthe Morisot was a French painter and printmaker involved in the Impressionist movement. Morisot employed flickering brushstrokes and a light palette to depict domestic scenes, landscapes, and portraits. Born on January 14, 1841 in Bourges, France, Morisot was the great-niece of the Rococo painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard. Studying under the Barbizon School painter Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, she learned to make paintings en plein air. As a young woman Morisot developed a friendship with the artist Édouard Manet, Manet would go on to paint a number of portraits of her, including Berthe Morisot with a Bouquet of Violets (1872). She later married Manet’s brother Eugène, and produced a number of paintings capturing the fleeting effects of light upon water.

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