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Portrait of a Woman

Photo credit: The Courtauld

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This woman has just turned her head to look directly at the viewer. The portrait is characterised by unidealised sincerity, and implies that the painter knows the sitter very well. This has led to the identification of the woman with Morisot’s sister Edmé.

Berthe Morisot belonged to a wealthy family. She was close to Manet, and married his brother Eugène. An important member of the Impressionist circle, Morisot was the only woman represented in their first group exhibition in 1874.

The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust)

London


Date

1872–1875

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 56 x W 46.1 cm

Accession number

P.1978.PG.279

Acquisition method

Princes Gate bequest, 1978

Work type

Painting


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The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust)

Somerset House, Strand, London, Greater London WC2R 0RN England

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