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Berthe Morisot

Berthe Morisot

Date of Birth: 14/1/1841

A French painter described by Gustave Geffroy in 1894 as one of "les trois grandes dames" of Impressionism alongside Marie Bracquemond and Mary Cassatt. Morisot was born in Bourges into a successful family and by age 20, she had met and befriended Camille Corot at the Barbizon School of painters. She was for a time a pupil of Corot and later she met Edouard Manet, whose brother Eugne she married in 1874. At the age of 23 two of her landscape paintings were accepted into The Salon. She continued to show regularly in the Salon until, in 1874, she joined the "rejected" Impressionists in the first of their own exhibitions. Morisot portrayed a wide range of subjects from landscapes and still lifes to domestic scenes and portraits. She also experimented with numerous media, including oils, watercolours, pastels, and drawings. After her husband died in 1892, Morisot continued to paint, although she was never commercially successful during her lifetime. She died of pneumonia in 1895.

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