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Berthe Morisot was born in Bourges, France into a family of wealth and culture. Her father was a high ranking civil servant. Berthe was introducted to Edouard Manet, whom she greatly admired. Although Manet was had a strong influence on her work, she soon developed a distinctive style of her own. Her style, in turn, influenced his painting. Morisot married Manet's brother Eugene in December, 1874. By 1885 she had begun to hold regular soirees for friends that were artists or writers, including Mallarmé. Morisot exhibited regularly at the Salon, and at all the Impressionist exhibitions except for 1879. Morisot took part in the innovations of the Impressionists from the beginning and she remained faithful up to the last group exhibition in 1886.

Morisot worked out an individual style: characteristic of her work are its very light touch and great intimacy of atmosphere (see The Cradle). Her technique, based on large touches of paint applied freely in every direction, give her works a transparent, iridescent quality. She worked both in oil and in watercolor, producing mainly landscapes and scenes of women and children.

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