Art: The Feminine Impression

"Poor Mme. Morisot, the public hardly knows her!" wrote Impressionist Camille Pissarro on the day in 1895 that he heard of the death of his good friend Berthe Morisot. Compared with the following of her great contemporaries, Berthe Morisot's public has always been modest but no history of the impressionist movement could now overlook her. The reason was clear last week at Manhattan's Wildenstem gallery, where 69 of her works hung in the largest Morisot exhibition ever held in the U.S.

Like the American Mary Cassatt, who was only four years her junior, Berthe made her mark in a man's world, the...

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