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Berthe Morisot Masterpieces of Art

Regarded by her fellow impressionists as a ‘virtuoso colourist’, Berthe Morisot (1841–95) strove to be considered an equal among her male peers – an uphill struggle at a time when women were generally forbidden from taking formal artistic training. Nevertheless, she succeeded in forging a career, gaining respect, becoming a key player and creating a body of work that has stood the test of time. Her impressionism vibrates with light and spontaneity and yet possesses a density of form through the deft use of colour. Inevitably she painted what she experienced: scenes of intimate domestic and family life, gardens, flowers, landscapes – representing the real, unfiltered day-to-day life of 19th-century women – from the tender depiction of maternal love in The Cradle to the Far-Eastern inspired Julie with her Greyhound Laërte.

This gorgeous book introduces the reader to the background, life and work of the artist, followed by a curated selection of her best work in exquisite full-page reproductions.

Ann Kay has edited or written a wide range of material on art and culture – from books, magazines and journals to exhibition catalogues and websites, for all ages – including work on two titles about the French Impressionist circle. She has project-managed books for the National Gallery and Royal Academy, and on behalf of the Association for Art History co-curates public art talks in Bristol.

More books in this series: Masterpieces of Art