Mini Biography: Berthe Morisot

Birth: Jan. 14, 1841
Death: March 2nd 1895
Nationality: French
Movement: Impressionism

The third child in a well-to-do family, Morisot was born in Bourges, France and received an arts education which included copying paintings in the Louvre. By 1860 she was painting landscapes plein air and had two paintings shown at the Salon de Paris at age 23. She was friends with many other well known artists in Paris during her lifetime. For example, having been introduced to plein air painting by artist Camille Corot, Morisot later introduced Edouard Manet to the practice and within a few years she would also marry his brother. In fact, there are at least 10 portraits painted of Morisot by Édouard Manet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. In 1874, Morisot exhibited with the Impressionists and was a founding member of an independent group of artists, whose name translated from French was: the Cooperative and Anonymous Association of Painters, Sculptors, and Engravers. In 1892, Morisot had her first solo exhibition of over 40 pieces but died a few years later after contracting pneumonia at the age of 54.

Note: The image that heads this post is an altered version of Morisot’s piece The Artist’s Daughter Julie with her Nanny (1884) housed in the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Some of her other notable works include:

The Cradle


Morisot, Berthe. The Cradle, 1872, Musée d’Orsay, Paris.

Femme à sa toilette

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Morisot, Berthe. Femme à sa toilette, 1875, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

After Lunch

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Morisot, Berthe. After Lunch, 1881, private collection.

For more information on Berthe Morisot visit:

National Museum of Women in the Arts

The Telegraph