In the Garden at Maurecourt (c. 1884) by Berthe Morisot

In the Garden at Maurecourt - Berthe Morisot - 1884

Artwork Information

TitleIn the Garden at Maurecourt
ArtistBerthe Morisot
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions54 x 65 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationToledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH, US

About In the Garden at Maurecourt

The artwork titled “In the Garden at Maurecourt” was painted by Berthe Morisot in the year 1884. It is an oil on canvas piece that embodies the Impressionist movement. The genre of this piece is considered a genre painting, focusing on ordinary scenes of everyday life. Its physical measurements are 54 x 65 cm. Presently, the painting is housed in the Toledo Museum of Art, located in Toledo, Ohio, United States.

This particular artwork by Morisot captures a tranquil moment in a lush garden setting. Two figures, likely females, are featured prominently in the composition. The figure in the foreground is seated facing the viewer, wearing a dress with shades of brown and white, along with a hat adorned with a red ribbon, which adds a vibrant touch to the otherwise earthy tones of her attire. Her posture suggests a casual, relaxed moment in the garden. The second figure is shown from behind, seated on the grass and looking away, dressed in light attire with a hat that shields her face from direct view, reinforcing the impression of tranquility and leisure. The background is a tapestry of vibrant greens, with dappled sunlight filtering through the leaves, creating an effect of flickering light typical of the Impressionist style. Hints of activity in the background suggest the presence of a more extensive garden scene, yet the focus remains on the intimacy of the two figures enjoying the calm and beauty of their immediate surroundings. Morisot’s brushwork is loose and expressive, capturing the spirit and light of the outdoor environment, which was central to the ethos of Impressionism.

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