Saturday, November 26, 2011

Berthe Morisot 1842-1895

Regarded by some as the "first lady of Impressionism," Berthe Morisot and American artist Mary Cassatt are indeed unique among that group of French artist styled as "impressionists." They were considered as equals by their peers, but especially by Manet, Monet, Renoir, and Degas.

Berthe is buried in division 4 of Passy Cemetery in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, but more importantly in the neighborhood in which she grew up and in the same grave with the man who was the single most important person in her life, her brother-in-law Edouard Manet.

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