Berthe Morisot – the Double Scandal of a Female Impressionist – Monday 25 January

Monday 25 January

With Dr. Silvia Regonelli

Berthe Morisot was the first woman to join the Impressionist group in Paris, in 1874. Born into a well-educated and cultured family, she learned to paint as a teenager, as part of her bourgeois education. She soon discovered art was to become her profession, and spent her life fighting against tradition and social rules, refusing to be confined within a second-class female world. She was a model and muse to Eduard Manet, a friend to Claude Monet, deeply appreciated by Edgar Degas and a painting partner of Auguste Renoir. Her art was original and experimental, both in subject-matter and style. While painting, she used her influential position and wealth to help promote diversity and inclusiveness in the world of art.

Part of the Series “A Room of One’s Own”, by Dr. Silvia Regonelli

Berthe Morisot, Camille Claudel, Vanessa Bell: throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, these three women of genius and will, struggled to find a place for their art in the same way as men had already found it. Firstly, a place where they could learn it. Then, a place to create it, and finally, a place to show it where it could be seen, appreciated, and judged.
While art and the world of artistic education and production changed, they changed with it – finding enemies and allies along the way.
In this Biography Lecture we will look at how they created their works, what happened to the artists and, most importantly, what happened to their art.


Our Biographies series of lectures offer an in-depth look at the life and works of artists from experts in the field.

Our experts will provide new insights into the artists' best-known works while also drawing attention to others that might be less familiar. Each presentation will be accompanied by carefully chosen visual supports, in the form of high definition photos and videos. 

Your Lecturer

Dr Silvia Regonelli

Dr Silvia Regonelli was born in Cremona, Italy, and spent her university years working in Milan as a tourist guide, thus deepening her knowledge of the city’s history and cultural heritage. She holds a PhD in History of Art Criticism from the University of Milan, and is an expert on 19th century art. She especially values the complex relationship between facts and their interpretation, and how this relationship evolves in different cultures and historical periods. She works as an Art History instructor for IES Abroad and as tourist guide and lecturer in Milan.

Event Details

Date: 25 January 2021

Start time: 06:00 p.m. GMT

End time: 07:30 p.m. GMT

Venue: Zoom Lecture


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