#FridayPainting: Berthe Morisot “Young Girls at the Window”

“I do not think any man would ever treat a woman as his equal, and it is all I ask because I know my worth.” Berthe Morisot (1841-1895)

Berthe Morisot, born January 14, 1841, was before her time, the only woman to show at the first Impressionist exhibition in 1874. Her work hung beside pieces by artists such as Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Claude Monet.

While Berthe Morisot was surrounded by men, she rarely painted them. Instead she focused her creativity on women and children in domestic scenes that featured everyday French life. When I look into her world, I am welcomed by the extraordinary life she lived and the people who gave joy to her days.

Berthe Morisot’s creative endeavours may have been undervalued for over a century, but she is now considered one of the greats of Impressionist painters.