Self-portrait, Berthe Morisot

Berthe Morisot, an impressive Impressionist!

A major figure in Impressionism, Berthe Morisot is still less well known than her friends Monet, Renoir and Degas. The Paris Region offers you the opportunity to rediscover this great artist.
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From the museums exhibiting her paintings to the landscapes that inspired them, discover the work of a woman who defied the conventions of her time and her field to establish herself as a key figure of the 19th-century Parisian avant-garde.

A painter with an exceptional journey

Berthe Morisot is a major figure in modernity.

A pupil of Corot and a muse for Manet, she was the first woman Impressionist and sits alongside Monet, Renoir, Degas, Pissarro as one of the core members of the group.

Her paintings explored several aspects of modern life, such as the private lives of the bourgeoisie, the taste for gardens and the domestic work done by women.

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The largest Berthe Morisot collection in the world

Start at the Musée Marmottan Monet, which is home to the world’s largest collection of Berthe Morisot’s works, including Self-Portrait, At the Ball, and The Cherry Tree.

With twenty-five paintings, sixty-five watercolours, pastels and drawings, this is the only museum collection spanning the full range of her creative endeavours.

Do not miss a trip to the Musée d’Orsay, which boasts the world’s largest collection of Impressionist works and around ten paintings by Berthe Morisot, including The Cradle and The Butterfly Hunt.

While you are there, you can admire the works of Mary Cassatt, another female Impressionist.

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Inspiration in Bougival

After contemplating her works in the museums, head to the banks of the Seine to see the landscapes that inspired them!

Berthe Morisot spent several summers in Bougival, near Chatou. It inspired many of her paintings, including The Garden at Bougival and Eugène Manet and His Daughter at Bougival, both exhibited at the Musée Marmottan Monet.

Follow the Impressionist trail to discover some of the landscapes she immortalised.

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Musée Marmottan Monet
Musée Marmottan Monet
This marvellous museum, on the edge of the Bois de Boulogne, boasts the finest Monet collection in the world, as well as one of Paris’s most spectacular Impressionist art collections.
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Galerie des Impressionnistes,Musée d'Orsay Paris 2016
Musée d’Orsay
Set in a former railway station, the magnificent Musée d’Orsay is known across the world for its unique collection of Impressionist paintings.
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