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Portrait of Mme Boursier and Her Daughter (Portrait de Mme Boursier et de sa fille)

Berthe Morisot

European Art

A member of the Impressionist circle, Morisot focused on the domestic spaces associated with women rather than the public venues and events painted by her male counterparts. In this image of Madame Boursier (the artist’s cousin) and her daughter, Morisot invites the viewer into a richly appointed middle-class interior with its floral upholstery, upright piano and sheet music, framed mirror, and porcelain vase with flowers. With quick, unblended strokes, the painter’s deft brushwork summarily defines the forms, patterns, and textures of the elegant furnishings and fashionable clothing. Morisot underscores the casual intimacy of the scene by placing the little girl on Madame Boursier’s lap—her tiny hands entwined with her mother’s—as well as by bringing her subjects close to the picture plane.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES ca. 1873
    DIMENSIONS 29 5/16 x 22 3/8 in. (74.5 x 56.8 cm) Frame: 36 3/4 x 30 x 2 1/2 in. (93.3 x 76.2 x 6.4 cm)
    SIGNATURE Signed lower left: "Berthe Morisot"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Museum Collection Fund
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