Saturday, May 29, 2010

Berthe Morisot en Noir

Berthe Morisot with Bouquet of Violets - Édouard Manet - 1872

Berthe Morisot with Fan - Édouard Manet - 1872

Berthe Morisot Standing - Édouard Manet - 1872

Portrát Berthe Morisot - Édouard Manet - 1878

Berthe Morisot ( 1841 – 1895) was a painter and a member of the circle of painters in Paris during the nineteenth century, who became known as, the Impressionists. In 1864, her work began to be admitted for exhibition in the highly esteemed Salon de Paris. She was the grand niece of the painter, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, and she became the sister-in-law of her friend and colleague, Édouard Manet when she married his brother, Eugène. Morisot was born in Bourges, Cher, France into a successful bourgeois family. Both she and her sister Edma Morisot chose to become painters. Once Berthe Morisot settled on pursuing art, her family did not impede her career.

Édouard Manet - French painter 1832 - 1883


Anonymous said...

gorgeous paintings
what a crowd to hang with(!)

early deaths, tho...

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Kathleen Scott said...

Thank you! I would never have run across this story or these pictures without you.

dianne said...

Thanks dear /t.

Yes they are gorgeous paintings, I wanted to do a theme of her in black clothes set against the textures and sumptuous colours of the reds and russets of her surroundings.

The Impressionists certainly were a talented community of artists, they have produced some wonderful art.
Very early deaths, don't know whether it was the lifestyle or just the times and the lack of medical progress. xoxox ♡

dianne said...

Thank you dear Kathleen

I'm pleased that you enjoyed the paintings; yes, you will find many things here that you may not find elsewhere.
I will be posting some of the beautiful paintings by the artist herself, Berthe Morisot very soon.

xoxox ♡

J Cosmo Newbery said...

Seems more painted, than painter.

But lovely paintings - I do love the impressionists.

dianne said...

Thank you dear J Cosmo ,

Yes Manet certainly liked her as a subject for his paintings,and yes they are lovely paintings.
My favourite is the one at the top, with the little bouquet of violets on her dress.
I too love the Impressionists and I will be posting some of Berthe Morisot's beautiful paintings soon.
xoxoxo ♡

Ruela said...


puerileuwaite said...

Those shoes do not go with that dress.

dianne said...

Hi Ruela dear,

So 5* is five stars, is that good or just half way?
I love black dresses, especially silk and taffeta. xoxo ♡

dianne said...

Yes my dear Puggles ,

I guess black shoes would have been a more fashionable choice but I quite like that colour, I think they are either suede or velvet shoes, very chic for those times. xoxo ♡

Lee said...

It is no mean feat to paint someone in black. It is no mean feat to paint someone period. But black adds a degree of difficulty.

dianne said...

Thank you for your comment dear Lee ...
Yes, it is difficult to paint a person and capture their expression and essence, Manet has produced some beautiful portraits, I sense their was some love there.
Faces and hands are especially difficult as there are so many fine details to consider, such as the contours of the the face, the eyes,the nose and shape and fullness of the mouth.
I know that black is a harsh contrast against skin tones, but I love the black against her pale skin and I think the dresses are beautiful ... I love how Manet has captured the texture and shadows in the fabric of the dress in 'Berthe Morisot with Fan'... what a romantic era for French couture.
xoxo ♡

foam said...

i've always liked her painting 'the cradle'.
and of manet's portraits as posted here, i really like the one with the fan and the one at the bottom. the one on the bottom has a certain defiant attitude about it. almost reminds me of the 60s for some reason.

dianne said...

Thanks Foamy dear, yes her painting of the 'cradle' is lovely, I have a nice selection of her paintings to post in the future, she was a very talented artist.
I think Manet's portraits of her are beautiful, I love the black dresses and the russet/red colours and textures of her surroundings.
There is a look of quiet confidence or contentment in her expression in the bottom portrait, maybe a little defiant attitude as you have said. :) xoxoxo ♡

Craftsman of light said...

i guess we 've got a lot to talk far as paintings are concerned....
i have seen a few Manet at Orsay, and at the Musée de Beaux arts at Lyon.... Besides,Italy is so full of miracles.Hope you ll come oneday to see all these wonderful things in Europe.
Thankyou for you kind thoughts through which everything becomes an emblem of peace, respect and love!

dianne said...

My dear friend COL

I think we share many of the same interests and we would have lots to talk about, I really enjoyed your photos of the art and treasures in Turin ... all very exciting and beautiful.
I would love to be able to visit these places at Orsay and Lyon, to soak up the cultural atmosphere of both France and Italy, you are so close to all of these wonderful treasures, maybe one day I will get there and see a real Manet painting, or one by Morisot,Van Gogh or one of my favourite Impressionists. Meanwhile I have so much fun sourcing the Internet for my images and reading my art books.
Thank you for your lovely and generous comment. xoxoxo ♡

painter said...

Bouquet of Violets is so engaging. I feel like I would like to sit down and have a conversation with Ms Morisot.

The glowing skin tones and lovely wide eyes speak gently and richly.



dianne said...

Thanks dear Painter

'Bouquet of Violets' is my favourite too, I love the soft expression on her face, gentle eyes, the skintones and the light shining from the left emphasising the line of her nose and profile... you would appreciate the skill involved in producing such a portrait.
I think her clothes and hat are beautiful as well, if you look closely there is much detail.

xoxox ♡

chickory said...

what the hell happened to my comment laced with brilliant insight and great humor! damn blogger, damn you!

was gonna say something like:

how interesting it is that manet seems to use very few brush strokes and yet gets such expressive faces...i love the dark eyes and the dark clothes...lots of shadow and light.

but of course the FIRST comment was way better.

dianne said...

Thank goodness you are here dear chickory , I thought you had deserted me, you are usually one of the first people to leave a comment for me.
I don't know what has happened to your first comment, no record of it in my e-mail and nothing here?

As you are an artist you would have a better insight into how few brush strokes Manet uses but he does paint expressive faces, I love the dark eyes and clothes, the shadow and light, such a lovely contrast to her skin tones. xoxo ♡

The Phosgene Kid said...

Did some paint-by-number sets like that. Mine could have fooled the experts if it wasn't for the cardboard they were printed on...

dianne said...

Hi Phossy dear,

I'm sure your pantings were beautiful even if they were painted on cardboard ... :) xoxo ♡

dianne said...

Oops! Sorry Phossy dear, that should have been 'paintings' not 'pantings'.

:) xoxo ♡

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Leovi said...

Very interesting, did not know the history of this model of the famous paintings of Manet, I will look online to see some of his paintings. Greetings.

dianne said...

Thank you dear Leovi , yes the history and family relationships of some of the 19th century painters is very interesting.

Thank you also for your ever constant following of my blog, I am not so prolific as you are with your daily posts of beautiful abstract art compositions and photography, I have not been very inspired lately to write my poetry.

Saludos. xoxox ♡