(b. 1841, Bourges, d. 1895, Paris)

At the Ball

Oil on canvas, 62 x 52 cm
Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris

Berthe Morisot preferred light, tender colours, had a precise eye, and took an interest in the psychological state expressed by her models. A particularly fine use of colour distinguishes At the Ball, with its slightly asymmetrical structure and the young woman's attentive sideways look.

Morisot artistic and human qualities amply account for the high regard in which she was held by fellow painters as different in character as Renoir and Degas, Monet and Puvis de Chavannes, as well as such writers as the poet Mallarmé.

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