March 12, 2016

Painting With The Girls 72

March 12, 2016

Day 72 (294 days to go)


Postcard watercolor, 5X7 Matted


Although Berthe Morisot portrays herself as a very insecure person in her journals and letters to her sister Edma, she continued to break out of the common grounds expected at the time from a professional painter.  She persisted with her outdoor paintings, and the exploration of technique and subject.  She explored with her fellow colleagues what it meant to break away from the rules of painting. She familiarized herself with the subject of the world as experienced by women as her main theme.

Berthe Morisot’s life was completely immersed in creating paintings, socializing with her fellow peers and sometimes modeling for Edouard Manet.

Even though Edouard Manet was never considered an Impressionistic painter in technique, he was regarded as their inspiration and spiritual leader in their uprising against the Salon.

By 1874, the artists we know today as Impressionists, Morisot, Monet, Degas, Pissarro, Sisley, and Renoir, could not wait any longer for the Salon to accept their work. They had all experienced rejection by the jury in recent years and felt they could not afford another year between exhibitions with no financial prospects. The artists collectively rented a studio for their own exhibit and set a date for their first show called Anonymous Society of Painters, Sculptors and Printmakers. A date was set for May 1874.

As the public was still very much used to the ideas of the Romanticism and Realism movements, the exhibit was highly disapproved by the critics, in response that mixed hostility and ridicule. The critics thought it absurd to exhibit paintings for sale that looked like unfinished works.

Nevertheless, it was just the beginning for Berthe Morisot’s career, and the birth of the Impressionistic movement.

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