Sunday, August 14, 2016

Smitten Édouard Manet 1832–1883 paints Berthe Morisot 1841-1895 with fans

French artist Édouard Manet (1832–1883) first painted young Berthe Morisot holding a fan in the late 1860s.

1868 Édouard Manet (French artist, 1832–1883) The Balcony. Here Berthe Morisot is seated holding a fan. Standing is violinist Fanny Claus, with painter Antonin Guillemet.

1870 Édouard Manet (French artist, 1832–1883) Le Repose Portrait of Berthe Morisot with a fan.

In 1872, Édouard Manet (French artist, 1832–1883) gave Berthe Morisot this intensely romantic painting called The Bunch of Violets. It contains a letter, the fan she held in his by then famous painting, “The Balcony,” and a bunch of violets.

1874 Édouard Manet (French artist, 1832–1883) Portrait of Berthe Morisot 

In 1874, Berthe Morisot married Edouard's brother Eugene Manet. 

When Edouard Manet died in 1883, Berthe wrote this to her sister, “These last days were very painful; poor Edouard suffered atro­ciously. His agony was horrible…If you add to these almost physical emotions my old bonds of friendship with Edouard, an entire past of youth and work suddenly ending, you will under­stand that I am crushed…I shall never forget the days of my friendship and intimacy with him, when I sat for him and when the charm of his mind kept me alert during those long hours.”