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The Life of Berthe Morisot

Oil on Canvas 26 x 29 cm
Provenance: J.E Lima - Brazil

This young woman in black, with a bouquet of violets and deep eyes, painted by Manet in the 1870s, is Berthe Morisot. She keeps on her proud face like a secret. One model among others? No: the only woman in the Impressionist group. Berthe Morisot, born in the French province in 1841, daughter of prefect, painted and exhibited among these clans men, those who are still reprobate without public, refractory to the official art: Manet, Degas, Monet, Renoir. Ardent but dark, gentle but passionate, loving family life but model and friend - and who knows? Perhaps even more - by Edouard Manet, whose brother she married: there is an enigma in the silences and shadows of Berthe Morisot. Dominique Bona, drawing from the unpublished archives, spins the fresco of Impressionism: from Giverny to Normandy beaches, by Mallarmé writing sweet notes for Méry Laurent or Nina de Callias to the washerwomen who posed for Renoir, from the bloody Commune of Paris to the reign of the corset bourgeoisie, from the Louvre to the workshops of the bohemian. The subtle portrait of an artist who invented her freedom.

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