Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper - 12X16
"This woman's work is exceptional. Too bad she's not a man."
Edouard Manet regarding painter Berthe Morisot
Berthe Morisot was the only female painter invited to show her work in the groundbreaking first collective exhibition of the Impressionists in 1874. In fact, she participated in all but one of the eight exhibitions, missing the fourth due to the birth of her daughter.
Morisot modeled for Manet on a dozen occasions. She became his muse, his dear friend, and eventually his sister-in-law when she married Manet's brother Eugene.
Morisot died from complications of pneumonia when she was 54 years old.