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Creator Name: Morisot, Berthe
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1841 - 1895
Creator Name-CRT: Berthe Morisot
Title Type: Primary
Title: La Lecture
Title Type: Foreign
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1873
Creation End Date: 1873
Creation Date: 1873
Object Type: Paintings
Materials and Techniques: oil on canvas
Dimensions: Unframed: 45.8cm x 71.5cm
Inscriptions: signed lower right: Berthe Morisot [remnants of a signature lower left: B]
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1950.89
Credit Line: Gift of the Hanna Fund
Context: The fasionable woman seated in the foreground is the artist's sister, Edma. However, the painting is not a portrait. Morisot's principal concern was to render a figure in a natural, outdoor environment. Edma's white dress-the prime vehicle for Morisot's study of reflected light-is saturated with delicate lavender, blue, yellow, and rose tonalitites. Deftly executed with quick brushstrokes, the painting resounds with a feeling of freshness, vibrancy and delicate charm. "Every day I pray that the GoodLord will make me like a child," Morisot wrote, "That is to say, that He will make me see nature and render it the way a child would, without preconceptions."Morisot, the great granddaughter of the 18th-century French painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard, selected this painting as one of her four works shown in the first Impressionist exhibition of 1874.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1950.89
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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