Portrait of Mme Boursier and Her Daughter (Portrait de Mme Boursier et de sa fille)
On View: Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Gallery, 4th Floor
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.
Oil on canvas
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) (show scale)
Signed lower left: "Berthe Morisot"
Museum Collection Fund
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Berthe Morisot (French, 1841-1895). Portrait of Mme Boursier and Her Daughter (Portrait de Mme Boursier et de sa fille), ca. 1873. Oil on canvas, 29 5/16 x 22 3/8 in. (74.5 x 56.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Collection Fund, 29.30 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 29.30_PS9.jpg)
overall, 29.30_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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