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Berthe Morisot, The Woman Impressionist – Madrid – Spain

Berthe Morisot, At the ball, 1875, oil on canvas, 62 x 52 cm. Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris.

Until February 12, 2012 – Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza

As the result of an important agreement reached with the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris, this autumn the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza will be presenting the first monographic exhibition in Spain on the work of the Impressionist painter Berthe Morisot. Married to Eugène Manet, brother of her teacher Édouard Manet.
Berthe Morisot (Bourges, 1841-París, 1895), was the first woman to join the Impressionist movement. Born into an upper middle-class French family and educated in the arts and music, she managed successfully to combine her facet as an artist with the role of modern woman and active advocate of culture. The model and friend of Manet, whose brother Eugène she married, she was an ally of the Impressionist painters -including Degas, Renoir, Monet and Pisarro- and exhibited work of her own at virtually all of their exhibitions. Admired by intellectuals of the calibre of Mallarmé and Valéry, Morisot played a key role in the development of French Impressionism, taking part in the legendary First Impressionist Exhibition of 1874 and in other subsequent ones of the group.

Berthe Morisot, La Psyché, 1876, huile sur toile, 65 x 54 cm, Museo Thyssen‐Bornemisza, Madrid.

ore than thirty works from the Musée Marmottan Monet will be shown alongside others from the Thyssen collections, allowing visitors to discover the elegant, luminous work of this painter, expressed in the form of landscapes, scenes of daily life and female subjects. Morisot’s life and work also allow for an analysis of the role of women in late 19th-century France given that she was not just a great creative figure but also an urban, middle-class woman who was interested in fashion. In Paul Valery’s words: “Berthe Morisot’s uniqueness lies in the fact that she lived her painting and painted her life.”

Museum Hours

Kirchner, heads and tails

FRANKFURT – On 15 June 1938, on the eve of summer, he destroyed a major part of his work before shooting two bullets into his heart. Still shattered by the images of World War I, Ludwig Kirchner had been living for nearly twenty years in Davos, Switzerland, when he chose to end his life in this manner rather than see his work and his own life fall into the hands of the Nazis who were about to take over Austria, right next door. The Städel Museum shows this last period of the Impressionist painter, marked by the wide Alpine landscapes. But, as the first museum to have collected his work, it also leaves a large space to the artist’s Expressionist period in the Brücke group, in the footsteps of Matisse and Munch. This very rich retrospective – nearly 180 works including paintings, drawings and prints – presents a few pieces never seen before. It also tries to show one of its originalities: in order to reduce costs, Kirc hner often painted on both sides of the canvas. Consequently we are deprived of half of his work. For once, the back side of the canvas is brought forward, as is the case of Woman lying down in white blouse, which is finally shown at the expense of the Nude at the window
Kirchner at the Städel Museum, from 23 April to 25 July 2010

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