Berthe Morisot / Mlle. Louise Riesener / 1888Berthe Morisot
Mlle. Louise Riesener

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Creator Name: Morisot, Berthe
Creator Nationality: European; French
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1841 - 1895
Biography: Born into a prosperous family, Berthe Morisot was encouraged at an early age to become an amateur artist. Along with her sister Edma, she began her studies with Geoffroy-Alphonse Chocarne (act. 1838-1857), a painter trained in the neoclassical tradition. In 1858 the sisters entered the studio of Joseph-Benoît Guichard (1806-1880), a student of Ingres (q.v.) and Delacroix (q.v.). Through Guichard they met Corot (q.v.) in 1861, under whose encouragement they began to paint out of doors near Pontoise as well as in Normandy and Brittany. Berthe Morisot exhibited at the Salon from 1864 until 1873. Fantin-Latour (q.v.) introduced her to Manet (q.v.) around 1867. They developed a close friendship, and Morisot modeled for him many times (see Manet, Berthe Morisot, no. 141). In 1874 she married his brother, Eugène, and that same year began participating in the impressionist exhibitions, never to show at the Salon again. Four years after their marriage, the couple's only child, Julie, was born on 14 November 1878 and would become a main source of artistic inspiration. Morisot matured as a central member of the group of impressionists. Her home became a meeting place for painters and writers alike, including Renoir (q.v.), Degas (q.v.), Mary Cassatt (1845-1926), and Stéphane Mallarmé. She participated in the Drouot sale of 1875, where the artists were ridiculed extensively. Her paintings, however, fetched slightly higher prices than those of Renoir, Monet (q.v.), and Sisley (q.v.). Morisot made pastels and watercolors as well as oil paintings, and during the final years of her life she experimented with lithography and drypoint etching.
Gender: F
Creator Birth Place: Bourges, Cher, 14 January 1841
Creator Death Place: Paris, 2 March 1895
Creator Name-CRT: Berthe Morisot
Title: Mlle. Louise Riesener
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1888
Creation End Date: 1888
Creation Date: 1888
Object Type: Drawings and Watercolors
Classification Term: Drawing
Materials and Techniques: charcoal and pastel
Dimensions: Sheet: 56cm x 47cm, Framed: 75.3cm x 66.2cm x 4.5cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1958.41
Credit Line: Bequest of Leonard C. Hanna, Jr.
Provenance: Georges Levy, NY; Jacques Seligmann & Co., NY
Context: Louise Riesener was the daughter of Léon Riesener, an artist of means and a descendant of the famous cabinetmaker Jean-Henri Riesener (1734-1806). In 1864, the Morisot and Riesener families became well acquainted, and Berthe enjoyed a close friendship with the daughters Rosalie and Louise. Both practiced painting as well and sat several times for Morisot.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1958.41
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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