Édouard Manet
Berthe Morisot with a Fan, 1872, oil on canvas, 60 x 45 cm, Musée d’Orsay, Paris.
Over a seven year period (1868-74), Manet painted eleven portraits of Berthe Morisot, making her his most frequent model. His wife is in only five paintings and Victorine Meurent, eight.
Manet produced his final images of Morisot during the time she became involved with his younger brother and then married him (1872-74). The last portraits provide a window into the intense desire and rivalry which Manet felt in his relationship with her. As the loss of Morisot neared, there was an increasing distortion of her image and departure from his usual painterly technique. After Morisot’s marriage, Manet never painted her again. At his death, seven of her eleven portraits remained in his private collection.

Édouard Manet

Berthe Morisot with a Fan, 1872, oil on canvas, 60 x 45 cm, Musée d’Orsay, Paris.

Over a seven year period (1868-74), Manet painted eleven portraits of Berthe Morisot, making her his most frequent model. His wife is in only five paintings and Victorine Meurent, eight.

Manet produced his final images of Morisot during the time she became involved with his younger brother and then married him (1872-74). The last portraits provide a window into the intense desire and rivalry which Manet felt in his relationship with her. As the loss of Morisot neared, there was an increasing distortion of her image and departure from his usual painterly technique. After Morisot’s marriage, Manet never painted her again. At his death, seven of her eleven portraits remained in his private collection.

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