Paintings mentioned in Dominique Bona's
"Berthe Morisot: Le secret de la femme en noir"
Last updated November 27, 2006
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This page has not been updated since April 5, 2004, with two exceptions. So many of the links no longer work. The two exceptions were:

  1. Jun 12, 2006: simple update to post the link to the transcription of the December 1907 article on Berthe Morisot in the Gazette des Beaux-Arts
  2. Nov 17-27, 2006:
I regret that I do not yet have time to update the web page fully.

This page is intended to provide web links to the paintings that are mentioned in Dominique Bona's book "Berthe Morisot: La Secret de la Femme en Noir", published by Bernard Grasset, Paris, 2000. (The quotation above is from page 248.) The links are given in order of appearance within each chapter. (Click here for a photo of Berthe Morisot. She was born Berthe Marie Pauline Morisot 14 Jan 1841 and died of pneumonia 3 Mar 1895. The best collection of her paintings in a museum that I have seen is at the Musée Marmottan in Paris.) NOTE: I am NOT trying to compile an exhaustive list of every place on the web where each painting is. I give multiple references for some paintings, in case links go dead or because some of them have useful text with them.

In case you are wondering, I am not fluent in French. I studied 1 year of French reading, and so I am able to understand about 70% of what I read in Dominique Bona's book, without having to resort to a dictionary. But my spoken French is limited, and my written French is even worse.

The background for this page is an extreme enlargement of the area of Berthe Morisot's right cheek in her Brown self-portrait with Julie. The background is what makes this page slow to load.

A new (as of August 2002 when I found it) website does an excellent job of putting Berthe Morisot paintings in a single web site. So click here to see this site.

April 2004 Note: I have done little on this page since 2002. So many links are dead. At this time, I do not know when I will be able to do a thorough update, and right now I am just doing an update to add Tissot's engraving of Berthe Morisot.

Here is a quick way to jump to a particular chapter:

  1. L'enigme du bouquet de violettes
  2. L'atelier caché de Berthe
  3. Drôle de Bourgeoisie
  4. Trois soeurs sur la ligne de départ
  5. Le Louvre: entre le temple et la maison de rendez-vous
  6. L'ecole de l'anticonformisme
  7. Chapter 7: Berthe s'impose
  8. Chapter 8: Brise intellectuelle sur Passy
  9. Chapter 9: Une enfant sage dans les scandales
  10. Chapter 10: Le dandy à la palette noire
  11. Chapter 11:
  12. Chapter 12:
  13. Chapter 13:
  14. Chapter 14:
  15. Chapter 15: Le pinceau et le fusil

Chapter 1: L'enigme du bouquet de violettes

Chapter 2: L'atelier caché de Berthe

Chapter 3: Drôle de Bourgeoisie
Chapter 4: Trois soeurs sur la ligne de départ
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  • Page 32
  • Page 34
    • Paintings of Berthe Morisot's Youth - Dominique Bona says "Nothing remains of her youthful work." ("Il ne reste rien de son travail de jeunesse." - since she destroyed it all in fits of temper) However, there are at least two surviving works, one from 1860, when she was 19, and one from 1864. Then there is a gap in what I have been able to find, with nothing more until 1869.
      • La repas chez Simon (1860) - This is a student's copy of the work (Feast at the House of Simon) by Paolo Veronese. Her copy is now at l'Orangerie in Paris and can be seen on page 12 of the book "Berthe Morisot ou l'Audace Raisonée, by the Musée Marmottan's conservator Marianne Delafond and adjunct-conservator Caroline Genet-Bondeville [Paris, 1997 Fondation Denis et Annie Rouart - Denis is berthe's grandson] I cannot find her painting nor Veronese's original on the web. So here is his Feast at the House of Levi which will give you an idea of the style.
      • Etude (called "At the water's edge" in America) (1864) - with the thumbnail version and data here
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  • Page 37
    • Works of Jospeh-Benoît Guichard - I cound not find any on the web.
  • Page 39 (and very end of 38)
    • Paintings by Berthe Morisot of her Childhood Family
      • La lecture (Reading) by Berthe Morisot (1869-1870), called in America "The Mother and Sister of the Artist" (Edma and their Mother)
      • Paintings of her sister, Yves Morisot - could not find any
      • Painting of her father, Edme Tiburce Morisot - could not find it
      • Painting of her brother, Tiburce Morisot - could not find it
    • Drawings of Paul Gavarni: Click here for some of his drawings and here for a site with links to his art on the web.
Chapter 5: Le Louvre: entre le temple et la maison de rendez-vous
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  • Page 46
    • Portrait de mes deux soeurs by Henri Fantin-Latour -- I could not find it on the web.
    • Les Noces de Cana (The Wedding Feast at Cana) by Paolo Veronese (1562-1563)
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  • Page 48
    • Fantin dessinant dans son lit by James Whistler
    • Chats (Cats) by Alphonse Legros - I could not find it on the web, but here is ArtCyclopedia's listing of Legros' works on the web.
    • Portrait of Edouard Manet by Alphonse Legros - I could not find it on the web, but here is a portrait by Legros of Auguste Rodin, and here is ArtCyclopedia's listing of his works on the web. And here is Henri Fantin-Latour's portrait of Manet.
    • Portrait of Anotine Vollon by Henri Fantin-Latour - I could not find it, but it may be visible in this 360 degree picture of Room 22 at the Musée d'Orsay. And here is ArtCyclopedia's listing of the very few works on the web by Antoine Vollon.
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  • Page 50
    • Canvases of Victoria Dubourg (wife of Henri Fantin-Latour): There is a Degas portrait of her on this page (7th one down).
      • I could not find any on the web. There is a mention of one of her paintings of flowers in the Japanese National Museum of Western Art, but there is no picture of it.

Chapters Yet to Come
  • Chapter 6: L'ecole de l'anticonformisme
  • Chapter 7: Berthe s'impose
  • Chapter 8: Brise intellectuelle sur Passy
  • Chapter 9: Une enfant sage dans les scandales
    • Page 71
      • Etude (called "At the water's edge" in America) (1864) - Exhibited at the Salon of 1865 - with the thumbnail version and data here
  • Chapter 10: Le dandy à la palette noire
  • Chapter 15: Le pinceau et le fusil

The rest is yet to come ... someday.

Meanwhile here are some link pages of multiple paintings by Berthe Morisot on the web

And here are some of her paintings And others
Berthe Morisot's White Hair

A distinguishing characteristic of Berthe Morisot's physical appearance in the last years of her life was that her formerly black hair had turned white. Some accounts claim that her hair had turned white "practically overnight" (Rosalind de Boland Roberts and Jane Roberts, on p. 20 of their introduction to Growing up with the Impressionists: The Diary of Julie Manet, Sotheby's Publications: 1987) as part of her reaction to the death on April 13, 1892 of her husband Eugène Manet. However, Berthe Morisot's correspondence makes it very clear that her hair turned white long before her husband's death. In her own words (p. 164 of the English translation of the correspondence, in the 1987 edition with the notes of Kathleen Adler and Tamar Garb), Berthe Morisot wrote in a letter in 1888 to her friend Sophie Canat that "my hair is as white as snow, and my legs are a little stiff". So, by late 1888, at the age of 47 and about 3 years before her husband's death, her hair had turned white.

When considering this early white hair, as well as her early death at age 54, the question looms of what could have led to these early events. Her health had been frail, with significant illnesses. Could her paints have poisoned her through years of accumulations of small contacts with the metals in the paints? I'll leave that to someone else to figure out.

Berthe Morisot's Single Lithograph

I have seen spurious claims to be selling original Berthe Morisot lithographs, as I researched this web page. She made only one lithograph, and there is only one known impression that was pulled from it. So I am including that lithograph here, so that people who think that they are being offered an original Berthe Morisot lithograph can know that such claims are false.

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