Berthe Morisot, The Cradle, 1872, Musée d'Orsay
The French Impressionist Berthe Morisot would have been 172 years old today had she not died on March 2, 1895. I'll let you do the math.
Her sister Edma was an artist too, but gave up on the idea of a career when she married. Here we see Edma with her second child, Blanche. Berthe persevered and participated in the infamous Impressionists' exhibitions. In 1874 she married Edouard Manet's brother Eugène.
For more information on Berthe Morisot, please look for my essay on About.com: Art History - Berthe Morisot.
Bon anniveraire, chère Berthe. We love your paintings so very much.
Beth New York
aka Beth Gersh-Nesic, Ph.D.
New York Arts Exchange