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The Mother and Sister of the Artist, 1869-1870

 
 
 
 
 
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Artist Morisot, Berthe

Painted fir the Salon of 1870 and retouched by Manet against Morisot’s wishes, this portrait shows Mme Morisot reading to her daughter Edma. The latter had recently married Adolphe Pontillon, a naval officer, and had come home to have her first child. Edma’s pregnancy is not highlighted, but her reflective air and accented resemblance to her mother suggest that Morisot regarded the work as an intimate family document.

 
Date

1869-1870

 
Institution National Gallery of Art, Washington
   
Medium Oil on canvas
 
Dimensions 101 x 81.8 cm
 
 
 
 

 

 

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