Berthe Morisot Born: 14th January 1841, Bourges, France Died: 2nd March 1895, Paris, France. Aged 54 Nationality: French Spouse(s): Eugene Manet (married 22nd December 1874-‐1892) Children: 1. Julie Manet Father: Tiburce Morisot Mother: Cornelie Morisot Siblings: 3. Yves, Edma and Tiburce Morisot 1. Morisot was born into a successful bourgeois family. 2. She expressed talent in drawing and painting from an early age. 3. She was apparently very pretty. 4. In 1868, she began her art studies with Geoffery-‐Alphonse Chocarne but was uninspired so switched to Joseph Guichard. She also enlisted as a copyist at the Louvre. Prior to her studies, she had already exhibited at The Salon. 5. Also in 1868, she met Manet and Degas for the first time. 6. In 1869 she expressed sadness, as it seemed everyone to her was moving on with her lives and she was simply aging and doing nothing. 7. In 1870 during the Franco-‐Prussian war, she stood by her father in Paris and did nothing more than play the dutiful daughter. She eventually moved to Cherbourg to visit her sister Edma. 8. After the war in in 1873, Edma was back in Paris. She was introduced to future husband Eugene Manet and then went to stay with her sister Yves in Saint-‐Jean-‐de-‐Luz in the very south of France near the Spanish border. 9. Whilst in Saint-‐Jean-‐de-‐Luz, Morisot took the time to visit Madrid and the galleries there. 10. In 1874, Morisot takes part in the first Impressionist exhibition. She sold nothing. However, unlike the other members of the group, she did not need to make money. 11. In late 1874, Morisot travels to England stopping by the Isle of Wight. She becomes frustrated and has a bit of a creative block. 12. Morisot takes part in the second and third Impressionist exhibition in 1876 and 1877 respectively. 13. In 1879 she becomes acquainted with Mary Cassatt. Although there is no conclusive evidence that they did not get along, it seems evident that they were not obvious soul mates. 14. Morisot goes on to take part in all 8 Impressionist exhibitions. 15. In 1880, Morisot and Eugene have a new house built in Paris. 16. When Manet died in 1883, Morisot was upset. His death affected her until her own death. She was very close with Manet and owed a lot to him for her progression as an artist. 17. When her husband Eugene died in 1892, her hair turned white overnight. Three years later in 1895, her daughter Julie became ill and whilst caring for her, Morisot fell ill herself and died.