Berthe Morisot’s paintings are a valuable part of two current exhibitions in the United States, both which started in late 2013 and are planned to run until March 2014. Her contributions to the Impressionism movement in the late 1800’s are widely appreciated and her paintings are well regarded by collectors and museums. Le Berceau [The Cradle], 1872, is considered Berthe Morisot's most famous artwork by her many admirers. Her Vieux chemin à Auvers [Scene in Auvers] sold at Sotheby’s for almost $120,000 in November, 2013, and Fillettes à la fenêtre (Jeanne et Edma Bodeau) [Two Girls by the Window] went for US$1,538,500 in 2011, but several of her works have been sold at auction for millions. For example, Morisot’s Paule Gobillard En Robe De Bal was sold for at Sotheby's for US$2,500,000 on November 6, 2013 and Après le déjeuner was sold at Christie's King Street location on February 6, 2013 for £6,985,250 (US$10,924,931). Many of her artworks are of her friends and family, and she made simple and charming moments in life all the more beautiful by her heart-warming depictions.
“The Age of Impressionism: Great French Paintings” exhibition tour is a wonderful museum-going opportunity for those who love the artworks of French artists from the 19th-century. Berthe Morisot’s work will be displayed along with some of the best known artists of her time, such as her brother-in-law and friend, Edouard Manet, her first painting instructor Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, and her contemporaries: Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Edgar Degas, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Pierre Bonnard, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Claude Monet, Jean-François Millet, and Alfred Sisley.
Three years ago the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, also known as “The Clark”, began the planned improvements to their museum, and so it was an opportune time to take a portion of their amazing collection on the road. The first showing of the “The Age of Impressionism: Great French Paintings” took place in Milan, at the Palazzo Reale in 2011, and the last planned stop for the exhibit is at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH). It is planned to end on March 23, 2014, and then return to the Clark in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
The Frederic C. Hamilton Collection and the Denver Art Museum are holding “Passport to Paris”, which is a three-part exhibit at the Denver Museum until March 9, 2014. One part of the exhibition, ‘Nature as Muse: Impressionist Landscapes’ will display thirty-six paintings, made in France, including works by Morisot, Sisley, Pissarro and other noteworthy artists. I’d like to mention the titles of the Morisot artworks that will be on show in these exhibits, but I think it would be a shame to spoil the surprise. However, I also believe that the only surprise that you won’t have is that Berthe Morisot’s artworks will make your museum tour extremely pleasurable and memorable.