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Portrait of Berthe Morisot

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Portrait of Berthe Morisot

Marcellin Desboutin

Artist Nationality
French (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
circa 1876

Medium & Support
drypoint on wove paper

10 1/2 in x 7 in (26.67 cm x 17.78 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. Spink

Label copy
Marcellin Gilbert Desboutin
France, 1823–1902
Portrait of Berthe Morisot
ca. 1876
Drypoint on wove paper
Gift of Professor Walter M. and Nesta R. Spink, 2012/2.190

Subject matter
This drypoint representation of the painter Berthe Morisot is one of several portraits in this medium that Marcellin Desboutin produced of his Impressionist friends. Dressed head to toe in black, Morisot is depicted sitting on an armchair, twisting to face the viewer as she leans forward on her knees. In her gloved hands she holds a Japanese-style fan, and on her head is perched a hat of indeterminate shape. This is the second state of two that Desboutin made of this subject; the first was largely rendered in outline with only the head fully finished.

Physical Description
A drypoint portrait of a woman seated on a chair, holding a fan and looking out toward the viewer.

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