"It is important to express oneself...provided the feelings are real and are taken from your own experience."
Berthe Morisot was part of the revolutionary creative burst in 1870s Paris called Impressionism. Like others of that group, she broke from the official dictates of the French Academy and painted scenes from everyday life. Though she was influenced by her brother-in-law, Edouard Manet, her work is distinctive in its vivid palette and spontaneous gestures. It was she, in fact, who convinced Manet to paint plein air scenes.
Morisotís artistic talent was encouraged by her family, she received formal training from Corot, among others.Ý After her marriage in 1874 to Manetís brother Eugene, she broke with custom and continued her career as a painter, balancing the roles of wife and mother.Ý Using her family as her subject, Morisotís daughter Julie became her preferred model.
Until her husbandís death in 1892, Morisot and her home were at the center of the intellectual world in Paris, hosting weekly gatherings with Baudelaire, Degas, Renoir, Whistler and Monet.Ý Like most women artists of the day, Morisot did not receive critical acclaim until well after her death.