The Impressionist painter Berthe Morisot (Bourges, France 1841-Paris, France 1895) was a singular artist for the time she lived in. Born to be an upper middle class housewife, Morisot was called to break many conventions. She was one of the very first female in history to participate in an artistic movement from its beginning, as her colleagues in painting, such as Manet (to whose brother she married finally), Monet, Pissarro, Degas or Renoir, she pioneered the Impressionist Art Movement. She showed in the first Impressionist exhibition which took place in Paris in 1874.
Early in her life Morisot decided to become a professional artist, a very strange and scandalous decision for a woman of her time, and she had to endure a lot of critics for her decision all along her life.
The Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza holds a retrospective exhibition of her work, Berthe Morisot: The Woman Impressionist, with more than 30 paintings also coming from the Museum Marmottan Monet (Paris, France) and the Pierre Gianadda Foundation (Switzerland).
The exhibition will run until 12 February 2012.