This painting depicts the Impressionist painter Berthe Morisot, who began working closely with Manet around 1868. Manet painted her portrait several times, at first presenting her in static poses with neatly styled hair. As their relationship grew closer, Manet began portraying her in more momentary, fleeting states. She almost appears to be moving in this portrait, her hair disheveled as she throws a furtive glance to the side. Manet’s sketchy brushwork creates a daringly unfinished look, as if echoing the hurried tempo of modern life.

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  • Title: Berthe Morisot
  • Creator: Edouard Manet (French, 1832-1883)
  • Date Created: c. 1869–73
  • Physical Dimensions: Framed: 91.1 x 76.5 x 7.3 cm (35 7/8 x 30 1/8 x 2 7/8 in.); Unframed: 74 x 60 cm (29 1/8 x 23 5/8 in.)
  • Provenance: Artist's studio inventory, Paris, France, 1884, (Drouot, Paris, France, February, 1884, Artist's estate sale, sold back to Mrs. Manet), Mrs. Edouard Manet [1829-1906], Paris, France, August Pellerin [1853-1929], Paris, France, Jules Strauss [1863-1943], Paris, France, (Georges Petit, Paris, France, December 1932, lot 48, sold to Turner, Turner, London, United Kingdom, Jacques Balsan [1868-1956], Paris, France, Mrs. Jules Balsan [1877-1964], New York, NY, November 1947, consigned to Knoedler & Co. for sale, (Knoedler & Co., New York, NY, November 1947, sold to Leonard C. Hanna, Jr.), Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. [1898-1957], Cleveland, OH, by bequest to the Cleveland Museum of Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1958.34
  • Medium: oil on fabric
  • Fun Fact: Manet kept this portrait of Morisot throughout his life, and it was listed in the inventory of his studio after his death.
  • Department: Modern European Painting and Sculpture
  • Culture: France, 19th century
  • Credit Line: Bequest of Leonard C. Hanna, Jr.
  • Collection: Mod Euro - Painting 1800-1960
  • Accession Number: 1958.34

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