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Berthe Morisot (1841-1895)

Watercolour on paper

Height: 35.9 cm; Width: 22.5 cm;

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Seilern, Antoine (Count); bequest; 1978

About this work
In this spontaneous watercolour Morisot captures an intimate moment in a plein air setting. Rapidly depicted in bright, fresh colours, a couple is absorbed in reading the newspaper. Seeing them through the trees underscores their quiet reverie. Morisot’s fluid brushstrokes effectively capture the dappled sunlit scene, while certain forms such as the newspaper are suggested through her efficient handling. This informal sketch underscores the importance of drawing to Morisot, a founding member of the Impressionist group. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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