Édouard Manet, Berthe Morisot

Artist: Édouard Manet (1832 - 1883)
Title:Berthe Morisot
Reference:H. 75
Medium:Original Etching
Image:4 11/16 in x 3 1/8 in (11.9 cm x 7.9 cm)
Sheet:10 3/4 in x 8 3/4 in (27.3 cm x 22.2 cm)
Framed:25 in x 23 in (63.5 cm x 58.4 cm)
Edition:According to J. Harris (1990), a 3rd state (of 3) impression, printed after cancellation (although the cancellation marks are very faint). This work was printed after the 1905 catalogue by Strölin.
Condition:This work is in great condition, a fine dark impression with clear plate marks.
ID #w-3167

Historical Description

Jean C. Harris stated of this work, "…this etching comes from the oil portrait of Morisot of 1872, but is smaller in scale and the image is reversed as compared with that in the oil. In the etching, Manet rejects to some extent the varied vocabulary of strokes which he used in The Boy with Soap Bubbles of 1869 in favor of a more simplified rendering with long, uniformly fine, vertical lines…Many wispy shapes, the ribbons and the hair, break the simple contour. Yet these lines do not function as independent calligraphic accents, but retain their functions as delineators of the characteristic elements of Morisot's appearance" (Harris 216). This intimate portrait of fellow Impressionist Berthe Morisot depicts the care and skill utilized by Manet in executing this piece. Dressed in a fine hat and clothes characteristic of the time period, Morisot's expression appears confident and pleased to be seated on the other side of the easel.

According to J. Harris (1990), a 3rd state (of 3) impression, printed after cancellation (although the cancellation marks are very faint). This work was printed after the 1905 catalogue by Strölin.

Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
This work is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the final sale of the work).

1. Harris, Jean C., Edouard Manet: The Graphic Work, 1990, listed as cat no 75 on pgs 216 and 217.

2. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.

About the Framing:
This work is framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, presented in a complimentary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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