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A detailed and highly personal account of the life and works of one of the most influential female Impressionist painters: Berthe Morisot.
Berthe Morisot won over the Impressionists with her talent and became the first woman of the group alongside Monet, Degas, Renoir, Pissarro, and Sisley. Likewise, she was heralded by the greatest writers of her time; in this tribute to her, an anthology of citations from Paul Valéry, Stéphane Mallarmé, and Jean Cocteau offers an intimate portrait of the artist and her work. Morisot’s paintings demonstrate how far ahead of her time she was when she created them, pioneering a new style of painting. However, she was underestimated for more than a century—most probably because she was a woman.
Including previously unpublished correspondence with key members of the Impressionist movement, this text focuses on the important stages of Morisot’s career, including her first participation in the Salon de Paris at the age of twenty-three in 1864, her marriage in 1874 to Eugène, Manet’s brother, and the birth of their daughter, Julie Manet, who became the subject of many of Morisot’s subsequent paintings.
This book is an essential read for any lover of Berthe Morisot’s work, and indeed for anyone who appreciates the work of the Impressionist artists.
Publicity: Outreach to art and culture media: Smithsonian, Harper’s, Atlantic Monthly, ArtNews, Artist’s Magazine, etc.
Outreach to newspaper art editors at the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, LA Times, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Miami Herald, Associated Press, Reuters, etc.
Library and academic market coverage in Library Journal, Choice, Art Documentation, Art Journal.
“Art historian Jean-Dominique Rey’s new book, Berthe Morisot (Flammarion, 2011), with an introduction by Musée d’Orsay curator Sylvi Patry, presents a comprehensive tribute to the life and career of the remarkable French artist, from her precocious talent as a child drawing and painting with her sister, to her strikingly loose works produced during the last years of her life.” -Women in the Arts
“An illustrated tribute to the celebrated female Impressionist painter. This comprehensive monograph showcases her life and works…” –French Embassy
“Berthe Morisot by Jean-Dominique Rey is an elegant presentation of Morisot’s finest work…” –THE Magazine