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Girl in a Green Coat by Berthe Morisot

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This piece is a quintessential Morisot portrait with soft colors punctuated with jewel tones

Key Features

  • Berthe Morisot was the only female French Impressionist when the group first exhibited in 1874
  • Morisot's drawings, watercolors and oils are in all of the major museums
  • The drawing study for this oil is in the Lehman collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Morisot's favorite subjects were the young women of her social class
  • Signed with atelier stamp in lower right
  • 1894
  • Canvas 45 7/8" high X 32 1/8"wide Frame 55" high x 41"wide

Item Details

  • Width:
    C:32 1/8" F:41" Inches
  • Height:
    C:45 7/8" F:55" Inches
  • Period:
    19th Century
  • Origin:
    France
  • Subject:
    Figurative
  • Artist:
    Morisot, Berthe
Berthe Morisot
1841-1895 French

Jeune fille au manteau vert  

Signed with atelier stamp in lower right
Oil on canvas

  In the entire world of 19th century French art, one woman towers above all others, and that is Berthe Morisot. Morisot was the only female Impressionist artist when the group first exhibited in 1874 and she was also perhaps the most loyal Impressionist of all of her contemporaries, exhibiting in all but one of the Impressionist exhibitions.

  Morisot's drawings, watercolors and oils are in all of the major museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The J Paul Getty, The Louvre and the Musee D'Orsay. Morisot was wealthy, and for her painting was a passion and not a necessity. Because of this her oeuvre is selective and her works extremely difficult to acquire.

  Jeune Fille Au Manteau Vert (Girl in a Green Coat) is a quintessential Morisot piece with soft colors punctuated with jewel tones. The young woman is portrayed in her stylish verdant coat and appears to be either just arriving or leaving Morisot's Parisian apartment on rue Weber. The model was Marthe, a young Russian neighbor, and another oil depicting her, Young Women at their Toilet, by Morisot is in the famed Phillips Museum Collection in Washington DC.

  Morisot's favorite subjects were the young women of her social class and she limited her works to interiors and domestic scenes of the Parisian elite. The great majority of her works were either done in pencil or watercolor. To find a major oil in this monumental size is truly extraordinary. In addition, this one was painted at the height of Morisot's fame in 1894, when she had already achieved recognition as an impressionist and was incredibly popular and respected in those circles. At this point in her career Morisot painted not for commission or pay, but for her own enjoyment and satisfaction.

  The drawing study for this oil is in the Lehman collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It is obvious that Morisot considered Jeune Fille Au Manteau Vert an important oil because she did two small watercolors and the Lehman collection drawing preparing for it. This painting is also illustrated in numerous books including the Wildenstein catalog raisonne and has been included in major museum retrospective's of Morisot's work at the Birmingham Museum of art and The North Carolina Museum of Art.

    Morisot created art that was inseparable from her life. Her career coincided with the explosion of impressionism in Paris at the end of the 19th century and she was one of the few women in the exclusive circle of close-knit male impressionists. She had an extraordinary relationship with Edouard Manet and both artists' work was highly influenced by the other.

  Morisot's work allows us, over a century later, access to the very private world of women during the Victorian era. Her paintings are personal and sensitive, revealing the deep bonds between women and their children. Though she died tragically young, at fifty-four, due to complications from pneumonia, her artistic influence was long-lasting.

    The majority of Morisot's paintings are in major museums and the few that are in private collections are rarely available for acquisition. It is important to know that recently two Morisot portraits, both smaller than ours, sold in auction for unprecedented amounts. Auction results show that in 16 years this artist's works appreciated 150%.This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a rare, exceptional, and stunning portrait by this renowned artist.

1894

  Canvas 45 7/8" high X 32 1/8"wide
Frame 55" high x 41"wide

  Provenance:
  Julie Manet Rouart (Madame Ernest Rouart), Paris
Miss Clarica Davidson, London
J. Clements, London
Roland, Browse & Delbanco, London
E.V. Thaw & Co., New York
Private Collection, New York
Stephen Hahn, New York
Private Collection, Houston
Valley House Gallery, Dallas
Private Collection, Dallas
  Artist Exhibitions:
  Marlborough Fine Art, London, A Great Period of French Painting, June-July 1963, no. 19.
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, Women, February 25-April 20, 1972.
Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama, The Enchantress: Berthe Morisot, March 16-April 12, 1973.

  Reference:
  Monique Angoulvent, Berthe Morisot (Paris: Editions Albert Morance, 1933),  p. 147, no. 570. (titled: Jeune fille au paletot vert, listed, not illustrated)
  Elizabeth Mongan, Berthe Morisot (New York: Tudor Publishing Company, 1960),illustrated in supplement.
  M.L. Bataille and G. Wildenstein, Berthe Morisot Catalogue des Peintures, Pastels et Aquarelles (Paris: Les Beaux-Arts, 1961), p. 50, no. 409, fig. 354.
  Women, catalogue to the exhibition (Raleigh: North Carolina Museum of Art, 1972)
  Edward F. Weeks, introduction, The Enchantress: Berthe Morisot, catalogue to the exhibition (Birmingham, Alabama: Birmingham Museum of Art and the 1973 Birmingham Festival of Arts, 1973), unpaginated, illustrated.
  A. Clairet, D. Montlant, and Y. Rouart, Berthe Morisot, 1841-1895, Catalogue Raisonne de l'Oeuvre Peint (Paris: CERA-nrs editions, 1997), no. 415.
   
Painting by William Bouguereau

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