I like to buy art books off the bargain shelf at Barnes & Noble. This week I found a book on Impressionism for under $5. Excellent! I came across the painting shown below. The artist's name is Berthe Morisot. She and Cassatt were the only two female painters that managed to show their work and earn recognition during the Impressionist movement.
I couldn't believe I didn't know about her! So I started looking at all her different works and it turns out I did know about her. I recognized many of her paintings and have often used them for color inspiration. I became fascinated with her and was curious what she looked like.
I found the following painting of her done by her good friend Manet.
Portrait of Berthe Morisot
Her ability to connect with other artists was limited by the conventions of the time. As a woman she was not as free to frequent the cafes where there was inspiration and discussion. However, she still managed to exhibit and influenced Manet's style and pallette.
Well Done Berthe and Thank You so much for your Courage and Perseverance!