Monday, 13 January 2014

FAMOUS ARTIST BIRTHDAY - BERTHE MORISOT - FIRST DANCE - iPad and Painting Giveaway - 30 Paintings Day 14

BY SEA DEAN after Berthe Morisot  
4" x 4" Mini Master Series

Famous Artist's Birthdays

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Born 14 January 1841 at Bourges, France.

Berthe and her sister, Edma Morisot, both chose the life of an artist. This was fairly rare for a female at the time because it was unusual for women to work outside the traditional female rolse.  The sisters studied at the Barbizon School under influential landscape and figure painter Camille Corot. Corot was well connected and introduced them to many top artists and teachers. He was one of the first artists to move out of the studio, into the countryside and became a forefather of plein air painting. 

Berthe worked alongside Édouard Manet and married his younger brother Eugène. Being part of Manet's family meant that she became part of the early Impressionist group

In 1864 Berthe exhibited at the Paris Salon which was the official, annual exhibition of the Académie des beaux-arts. Her work was selected for six subsequent Salons.  

In 1874, she showed nine works in the first Impressionist exhibition, with Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Alfred Sisley. She went on to take part in all but the 1879 exhibition. Berthe was described by Gustave Geffroy in 1894 as one of "les trois grandes dames" of Impressionism alongside Marie Bracquemond and Mary Cassatt.

She died in Paris in 1895

Cat # 14012 First Dance