Berthe Morisot

1841 (Bourges, France) – 1895 (Paris)

Morisot, a central member of the Impressionist group, was one of the most significant female artists of the 19th C. Corot advised her as a 20-year-old. She modelled for Manet, who became a close friend and her brother-in-law; each influenced the other. Degas, Monet, Renoir and the writer Moore were all friends; Pissarro and Cézanne were other Impressionist colleagues, while Nadar, who photographed her, loaned them his studio. Cassatt, Caillebotte and Mallarmé were among regular visitors, her house an artistic/intellectual rendezvous; Mallarmé, a particularly close friend, tutored her daughter (and gave her a greyhound named Laertes).