Berthe Morisot: The Forgotten Impressionist

Of the thirty artists who founded the school of Impressionism, only one was a woman.  Berthe Morisot led the most daring rebellions against the styles and conventions of the official Salon, and reviews of her work dominated the Parisian press of the 1870's:

Ahead of her time, she raised a family and pursued a brilliant career as an artist.  Her subjects, virtuoso technique and genius as a colorist influenced her now better-known male colleagues:  Degas, Monet, and Renoir

.After nearly a century, Morisot was rediscovered in the celebrated 1987 retrospective, Berthe Morisot -- Impressionist, organized by the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum in association with the National Gallery of Art in Washington.  The Forgotten Impressionist is based on that exhibition and is hosted by its organizer, Teri J. Edelstein.  Guided by her superb narration, the viewer is escorted on a fascinating journey through Morisot's life as it is reflected in her masterpieces.

The Forgotten Impressionist has been on sale in museum shops around the country, including the National Gallery and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. It has been purchased by hundreds of high school and college libraries, and aired on WGBY, Ch 57 (PBS)



"I don't think there has ever been a man who treated a woman as an equal and that's all I would have asked, for I know I'm worth as much as they." -- Berthe Morisot, notebook, 1890

"The truth is that there's only one Impressionist;   that is Berthe Morisot." -- Paul Mantz, LeTemps, 1877.

"Berthe Morisot left a legacy to all women and men who are artists:  a life in which responsibility to herself as a person and as an artist are as beautifully balanced as the structure and light in her painting." -- Anne Truitt, New York Times, 1990.


From Art New England:

"The narration is exemplary and exciting in its art-historical presentation of Morisot's style, development and originality. The authoritative yet informal presentation of the technically brilliant and subtly nuanced paintings makes this one of the best videotapes on art yet produced."

Rebecca Phillips Abbott, Director, The National Museum of Women in the Arts:

"Your production has endured in its popularity with the public and, speaking personally, is one which remains vivid in my own mind. Its conclusion is an especially powerful one, where we learn, after an exhaustive tracing of this artist's career, that her death certificate bears the words 'No profession.' This film is truly a wonderful accomplishment."


Berthe Morisot: The Forgotten Impressionist

Length: 32 minutes (DVD)
ISBN = 1-930477-02-3

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