Art & Design
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Berthe Marie Pauline Morisot was born 14th January 1841. She died on the 2nd March 1895. She was born in Bourges, France into an affluent bourgeois family.
Morisot's mature career began in 1872. She found an audience for her work with a private dealer, who bought twenty-two paintings. She chose to exhibit under her full maiden name instead of using her married name. In an exhibition in 1880, many reviews judged Morisot among the best, including Le Figaro critic Albert Wolff.
Morisot’s works are almost always small in scale. She worked in oil paint, watercolours, or pastel, and sketched using various drawing media. Around 1880 she began painting on unprimed canvases and her brushwork became looser.
In February 2013, Morisot became the highest priced female artist, when After Lunch (1881) sold for £10.9 million at a Christie's auction. The painting achieved roughly three times its upper estimate, exceeding the £10.7 million for a sculpture by Louise Bourgeois in 2012.
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