Berthe Morisot was born 173 years ago, on January 14th, 1841. She was an ‘impressionist‘ painter and described by Gustave Geffroy in 1894 as one of “les trois grandes dames” of Impressionism alongside Marie Bracquemond and Mary Cassatt. In 1864, she exhibited for the first time at the Salon de Paris – which became the official, annual exhibition of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris.
Berthe’s work was selected for exhibition in six subsequent Salons until, 1874, when she joined the “Rejected Impressionists;” in the first of their own exhibitions; which included Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Alfred Sisley. Berthe became the sister-in-law of her friend and colleague, Édouard Manet, when she married his brother, Eugène. Berthe died on March 2nd, 1895.