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Born to a wealthy family in Bourges, Berthe studied art in Paris and exhibited along with the Impressionists between 1874 and 1886. Her style was influenced by Camille Corot, Auguste Renoir and her brother-in-law Edouard Manet among many others. Her works are characterized predominantly of domestic scenes, such as Le Berceau which is exhibited permanently at Musee d’Orsay in Paris. She had a uniquely light, delicate painting technique.
Below, I have included a recent discovery. The title of this piece is The Harbor at Lorient which was painted in 1869 on the southern coast of Brittany. During the summer of that year she and her sister Edma languished but this painting bears evidence that she had perfected the technique she had acquired under Corot’s tutelage. The portion I am showing in color you will see Edma on a parapet, overlooking the harbor. When Morisot returned to Paris at summer’s end, Manet visited her studio and so admired it that she allowed him to keep it.
Today this lovely example of impressionist work is at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. as a part of the Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection.
On Thursday you can look forward to my full report on Villandry Chateau in the Loire Valley. I toured every inch of this castle and the extensive gardens so get ready for luscious details and photographs!
Until then, The Castle Lady says je t’aime vraiment et follement!