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"Berthe Morisot: An Impressionist and Her Circle"
2005-06-07 until 2005-09-18
Speed Art Museum
USA United States of America
The Speed Art Museum will host an extraordinary exhibition of Impressionist works from the collection of Berthe Morisot from the Musée Marmottan-Monet in Paris, June 7 through September 18, 2005. Berthe Morisot: An Impressionist and Her Circle will feature
paintings, watercolors and drawings by Morisot herself as well as paintings from her art collection, including paintings by Degas, Manet, Renoir, and Monet. This is the first time this collection from the Musée Marmottan-Monet has traveled to the United States.
Along with Mary Cassatt, Morisot was the most well-known and successful female Impressionist painter and one of the most important woman artists of the nineteenth century. She was the first woman to join the artistic circle of the Impressionists, and she exhibited her paintings of intimate domestic interiors, portraits, garden scenes, landscapes, and coastal scenes in all but one of the Impressionist exhibitions of the 1870s and 1880s. Morisot’s paintings of modern Parisian life were highly influenced by her brother-in-law, Edouard Manet, yet Morisot’s work is distinct in its spontaneity and in its brighter, more vivid palette. In fact, it was Morisot who persuaded Manet to lighten his palette. Selected photographs and documents from the Morisot archives at the Musée Marmottan-Monet in Paris will be included in the exhibition.
“The Speed Art Museum is delighted to be able to introduce this trailblazing female artist to Louisville and perhaps make her name as common to our community as the names of many of her contemporaries,” said Speed Art Museum Director, Peter Morrin.
This exhibition is organized by the Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris. Other venues in the United States include the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.
Edouard Manet, (French, 1832 – 1883)
Portrait of Berthe Morisot Reclining, 1873
Oil on canvas
H. 26 cm L. 34 cm.
Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris, France/Bridgeman Art Library