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Portrait of Berthe Morisot with a Fan

A work made of watercolor over traces of graphite on cream wove paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of watercolor over traces of graphite on cream wove paper.

Date:

1874

Artist:

Édouard Manet
French, 1832-1883

About this artwork

Édouard Manet represented his close friend artist Berthe Morisot twelve times between 1868 and 1874 in etching, lithography, oil paint, and watercolor. In this watercolor Manet used a limited palette and a combination of techniques to depict Morisot against a blue-green background. He worked wet-into-wet for her dress, applying wet pigment onto an already wet surface before it had time to dry, which allowed the marks to bleed and blend into one another. Then Manet used a dry-brush technique to emphasize the texture of the fabric of her dress and the ribbon in her hair. Both these textures contrast with the relative flatness of the muted background, making the sitter stand out.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Édouard Manet

Title

Portrait of Berthe Morisot with a Fan

Origin

France

Date

1874

Medium

Watercolor over traces of graphite on cream wove paper

Dimensions

209 × 168 mm

Credit Line

Helen Regenstein Collection

Reference Number

1963.812

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