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A terrific show of the impressionist art of Berthe Morisot opened at the Musée d’Orsay last week. Morisot was a friend and colleague of many of the most famous impressionist artists, such as Manet, Monet, Degas and Renoir. I find her work to be in the same league, so I suspect that her reputation was a victim of sexism, especially since her subject matter was often more domestic and “feminine” than that of her male peers. She also died rather young, at 54.

Both Jared and Eugène were also interested, so we met at the museum on Tuesday morning. I slowed them down with all my picture taking, but they were gracious. After the show we had a satisfactory lunch in the fifth floor café. Eugène headed out to an appointment while Jared and I saw the Modèle Noir exhibition that I had also seen with Sherard, then explored the permanent collection (all the while enjoying the rather good a/c).

Here are a dozen Morisot paintings that I particularly liked, but I strongly recommend going to the show if you’re able. Many of the works are in private collections, so there may never be another opportunity to see them.

Les Soeurs, 1869
Vue du petit port de Lorient, 1869
Femme et enfants sur le gazon, 1874
Marine en Angleterre, 1875
La Psyché, 1876
Jeune Femme se Poudrant, 1877
Jeune Femme assise sur un sofa, c. 1879
Le Lac du Bois de Boulogne, c. 1879
Hiver (Winter), 1880
Enfant au fateuil, 1884
La Petite Servante, 1886
La Leçon au jardin, 1886
Devant la psyché, 1890
Jeune Fille en blanc, 1891

There is also a nice room of paintings by Morisot at the Musée Marmottan-Monet, which Eugène and I visited a few weeks back.