A light-handed etching of Berthe Morisot sitting on a sofa, sketching, whilst her daughter peers at the drawing over the arm of the sofa.
Berthe Morisot (1841-1895), Berthe Morisot drawing with her daughter, 1889, The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust) © The Courtauld

Berthe Morisot drawing, with her daughter

Berthe Morisot

Primarily known as an Impressionist painter, Berthe Morisot turned to printmaking late in her career. This sensitive self-portrait, showing her working under the gaze of her eleven-year-old daughter Julie, is one of a series of prints she made in 1889. The delicate drypoint technique showcases Morisot’s celebrated ability to capture fleeting moments of everyday life in changing light.

During her lifetime, Morisot’s prints were only shared with her family and close friends and were first exhibited to a wider audience in 1907, twelve years after her death. 

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