Sunday, June 17, 2012

Berthe Morisot from the Philadelphia Museum of Art Collection

Berthe Morisot, Branch of Plums, 1891
(Philadelphia Museum of Art)

Philadelphia Museum of Art has a wonderful collection that includes some of the most renown Impressionist paintings from art history.  It is always a treat to visit this enchanting institution with its charming location situated at the end of Benjamin Franklin Parkway, similar to the Arc de Triomphe at the end of the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Of all of their vast collection today, I would like to mention the small number of paintings by Berthe Morisot that is displayed in Gallery 162 on the second floor of the European Art 1850-1900 section.

Last week I wrote about Berthe Morisot's intriguing painting The Wet Nurse and Julie which unfortunately is in a private collection and today I want to share what can be seen of this artist's work locally.

Berthe Morisot, Hydrangea Branch, 1894
(Philadelphia Museum of Art)
Hydrangea Branch, Detail

The small assortment of works on display are still a valuable commodity to artists and students of art history.  It is possible to get a feel for Morisot's expressive power, play of light across her surfaces and feathery brushstrokes by looking at these pictures. Enjoy...

Berthe Morisot, Portrait of a Child, 1894
(Philadelphia Museum of Art)

Berthe Morisot, Young Girl with Basket, 1892
(Philadelphia Museum of Art)

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