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In the Dining Room, 1886
A charming and accomplished woman, Berthe Morisot managed to combine successfully the roles of painter mother and hostess. She was dedicated to her art and yet raised a family with her husband, Eugene, brother of the painter Edouard Manet. For the rebel group of Impressionists, with whom she worked side by side her home provided a genteel social atmosphere where they were always welcome . The poet Paul Valery said of her, “She lives her painting and she paints her life,” and he compared her work to “ the diary of a woman who expresses herself by colour and drawing.” Berthe Morisot contributed her own unique artistic qualities to Impressionism – a silvery delicacy of tone and a certain feminine charm in her choice and handling of everyday subject matter.
|Institution||National Gallery of Art, Washington|
|Medium||Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||61.3 x 50 cm|