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Paintings by Berthe Morisot


Reading by Berthe Morisot
Reading by Berthe Morisot (oil on fabric, 18-1/8x                              28-1/4 inches) is housed at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Reading by Berthe Morisot (oil on fabric, 18-1/8x 28-1/4 inches) is housed at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

In Reading, an 1873 painting by Berthe Morisot, Morisot tackles a subject previously explored by Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir: a contemporary woman in a park, enjoying a leisure activity. Featured here is Morisot's sister Edma. Edma wears a light, gauzy summer gown of the latest cut. A straw hat with a trailing scarf perched on the top of her head, an open fan, and a parasol complete her ensemble. Critics praised Berthe Morisot's Reading as graceful, confident, and even witty.

As one of the only female Impressionists, Berthe Morisot explored the daily lives of contemporary women. On the next page, we'll find an example of this.

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