Thursday, January 1, 2015

Thirty Paintings in 30 Days - No. 1

Berthe Morisot (After Manet)
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.


  1. Love this!!! And I learned something too by your explanation.

  2. Splendid work Chris! One of my favorite painters of all time.

  3. LOVE IT!
    All the best this month = )

  4. I'm glad to see you are doing the 30 paintings challenge also! Beautiful first one! Thanks for the story, there were so many female painters that couldn't get recognized and even stopped painting when married.

  5. Thanks for your kind comments. And thanks for the good wishes, Sue.

  6. Beautiful portrait! Love your strong colors!