Berthe Morisot, an impressive Impressionist!
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.
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.
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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