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Le cerisier. Berthe Morisot. 1891. Musée Marmottan, Paris.
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BERTHE MORISOT

To live is to be slowly born.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900-44), writer and pilot

Because Berthe Morisot was born into a refined 19th Century family, she faced many obstacles to the pursuit of her art. Parental opposition along with gender and class prohibitions strongly dictated what activities were appropriate for her as both an artist and a woman. Yet despite the limitations of her world, Morisot's intimate exploration of domestic life was unusually daring.

Though The Cradle is her most highly regarded painting, one of my personal favorites is The cherry tree, as it depicts women engaged in physical work out of doors, in contrast with Morisot's more passive studies like The cradle.

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