Un village (c. 1873) by Berthe Morisot

Un village - Berthe Morisot - 1873

Artwork Information

TitleUn village
ArtistBerthe Morisot
MediumPastel on Paper
Dimensions72 x 47 cm
Art MovementImpressionism
Current LocationPrivate Collection
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About Un village

Berthe Morisot was an Impressionist French painter, noted for her artwork depicting mostly female subjects such as mothers and daughters. She was born in a prosperous family in January 14, 1841, and has been described as “one of the three great ladies” of Impressionism. Her works have often been composed of soft colors and dim light, creating a gentle atmosphere in her paintings.

One of her most famous and celebrated works is titled ‘The Cradle’. It is a portrait that shows motherhood with soft curves and gentle atmosphere created by the muted colors used in the painting. The painting shows a young mother sleeping while cradling her own baby to offer comfort and protection to both the mother and child. This strongly captures the loving relationship between a mother and her children, making this an incredibly touching painting.

The works of Berthe Morisot reflect not only the value she places on life but also her own experiences as a married woman with two children. Her beautiful paintings of mothers, daughters, children, landscapes, flowers etc. maintain an ethereal aesthetic fused with realism to bring attention issues like maternal love, tending to nature and protecting your loved ones.

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