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Two female impressionists

In the spirit of International Women’s Day two days ago, I would love to share some works of two of my favourite female impressionists. These painters persevered in painting even when it was commonly only for men at that time. I am glad they did this because they were so talented.

Berthe Morisot (1841-1895)

French impressionist Morisot joined the impressionism movement and participated as the only female painter in 8 exhibitions held in various spots in Paris between 1874 and 1886. Between the works of Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Paul Cézanne, Édouard Manet, Camille Pissarro en Alfred Sisley, there were Morisot’s paintings: women and girls indoor and outdoor, landscape in typical light impressionist style. Morisot had a close friendship with Édouard Manet and later on married his brother, Eugène Manet.

The cherry tree, 1891, study

The final version: The cherry picker 1891

Young woman in grey reclining. I love the raw brush strokes of the dress and the depths created in light and dark tones. This painting floats between unfinished – finished look.

Lilla Cabot Perry (1848 – 1933)

American born Perry started to learn painting formally at the age of 36. Fascinated by French impressionism she moved to Paris in 1887. From 1889 Perry had visited Giverny every summer until 1909. She became friend with Monet. The latter turned her mentor. Monet’s influence is visible in her works. Perry was one of the first American impressionists in the history.

Haystacks, Giverny 1896. This was painted in Giverny, nearby Monet’s famous Lotus garden. Monet also painted such haystacks and made a serie of 25 paintings of it.

Lady in an evening dress 1911. I love the subtle brush strokes, resulting in refined look of the dress.

I hope you enjoy these paintings as I do. Until next art blog post!

All paintings are public domain and taken from WikiArt.

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