Arts Everyday Living: The Art of Paris—Berthe Morisot & Love in the City

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Love me Sweet, with all thou art,

Feeling, thinking, seeing;

Love me in the lightest part,

Love me in full being.*

                                                   Elizabeth Barrett Browning

 

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Berthe Morisot, Woman Wearing Gloves or The Parisian, 1885, oil on canvas, Private Collection

 

Berthe Morisot (1841-1895), who created Woman Wearing Gloves or The Parisian, was a true native of the French metropolis.  She even remained in the city during the Franco-Prussian War in the early 1870s, risking starvation and death.  Then, from 1874-1886, Morisot exhibited in 7 out of the 8 Impressionist shows (missing one because of the birth of her daughter Julie), establishing her reputation as a bold and innovative artist.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861) was a renowned British poet of the Victorian era.  She is also famed for her love of fellow writer Robert Browning, whom she married in defiance of her father’s strong opposition.  The excerpt above is from her poem A Man’s Requirements.

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Welcome in the new season with Through an Artist’s Eyes: Learning to Live Creatively.

 It provides a beautiful “easy to comprehend” guide to the wonderful history and world of art.

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