Berthe Morisot (1841–1895): Young Girl on the Grass. Mlle Isabelle Lambert
Oil on canvas | 74 x 60 cm | 1885
The picture shows a young girl – Isabelle Lambert – who posed for Morisot several times. Morisot was apparently interested in capturing the world of the young girl combined with or given depth by the new potential for expressing sensuality that lay in the Impressionistic approach to painting.
She also often used her daughter Julie as a model and as in this picture united a penetrating experience of the model with a sense-stimulating rendering of the close surroundings. Like most of the Impressionists, who were inspired by their close environment, Morisot found a challenge in painting among other things the immediately accessible places in her own house and in the garden in Paris.
Morisot stands out as one of the few women artists who became important in the art world of the 19th century. She developed her Impressionistic method of painting mainly by working in the open air and experimenting with varied, challenging brushwork.
Motifs: Portraits, studies of female models, landscapes and pictures of “modern life” especially in the Bois de Boulogne and the environs of Paris.
Read more about Morisot at the Musée d’Orsay’s website.