Monday 25 January
10 AM PST
1 PM EST
6 PM GMT
7 PM CET
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.