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MORISOT Berthe
Julie Manet et sa levrette Laërte

1893
toile (peinture à l’huile) H. 73 cm ; l. 80 cm ; H. 94,5 cm ; l. 101,5 cm ; E. 5 cm ; VOLUM. 0,048
Non signé
inv. 5027
legs Monet Michel (testateur) (1966 acquis)
After the death of Eugène Manet in 1892, Berthe Morisot left Rue de Villejust and moved in with Julie into a small apartment in Rue Weber in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. In 1893, Julie posed in the living room, furnished with an elegant Jacob sofa and Louis XVI chairs, its wall decorated with Japanese prints that her mother had no doubt obtained in exchange for some of her own canvases. Still in mourning, Julie wears a narrow-waisted black silk dress with bouffant sleeves. She is depicted with her dog, Laërte, a gift from Stéphane Mallarmé. When Berthe died, the Symbolist poet would become the teenage girl’s guardian. He also played an active role in organizing the posthumous exhibition held as a tribute to Berthe Morisot in 1896, where this painting featured prominently. Praised by several critics, this late painting by Berthe Morisot was chosen by her friend Claude Monet to remember her by.