Berthe Morisot (1841-1895), Chasse aux papillons, 1874, Paris, musée d'Orsay, RF 1681, Photo © Musée d’Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt

Berthe Morisot (1841-1895)

Jun 17, 2019 - Sep 22, 2019

The exhibition traces the exceptional path of a female painter who, in opposition to the norms of her time and social background, became an important member of the Parisian avant-garde from the late 1860s until her untimely death in 1895. Through her portrayal of the human figure, Morisot explored impressionist themes of modernity: the intimacy of contemporary bourgeois living and family life, the taste for resorts and gardens, the importance of fashion, and women’s domestic work. Deliberately sketchlike and unfinished in appearance, her works address the fleeting nature of representation itself in a careful attempt to “fix something of the passing moment.”


Sylvie Patry, Chief Curator, Director of Conservation and Collections at the Musée d’Orsay
Nicole R. Myers, Lillian and James H. Clark Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Dallas Museum of Art
With the participation of Paul Perrin, Curator at the Musée d’Orsay

Exhibition also presented in:

Québec, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, from June 21 to September 23, 2018
Philadelphia, Barnes Foundation, from October 20, 2018 to January 14, 2019
Dallas, Dallas Museum of Art, from February 24 to May 26, 2019

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