Berthe Morisot, Woman Impressionist

October 20, 2018–January 14, 2019
Roberts Gallery

Berthe Morisot (1841–1895), one of the major impressionists, worked alongside Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. This exhibition traces the exceptional path of a woman who defied the social norms of her time to join the Parisian avant-garde. Through her portrayal of the human figure, Morisot explored impressionist themes of modernity: the intimacy of contemporary bourgeois living and family life, the taste for resorts and gardens, the importance of fashion, and women’s domestic work. Deliberately sketch-like and unfinished in appearance, her works are not an unmediated reflection of her daily environment: they address the temporality of representation itself in a careful capture of the world that attempts to “fix something of the passing moment.”



Berthe Morisot, Woman Impressionist, co-organized with the Dallas Museum of Art and the Musée national des beaux-arts de Québec, is the Barnes Foundation’s first traveling exhibition to originate at the Barnes. It is the artist’s first retrospective in the United States since 1987 and the first to be held in Canada.

The exhibition is co-curated by Sylvie Patry, deputy director for collections & exhibitions and Gund Family Chief Curator, and Nicole Myers, the Lillian and James H. Clark curator of european painting and sculpture, at the Dallas Museum of Art.

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