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MORISOT Berthe (1841 ; 1895)
Bergère couchée

1891
toile (peinture à l’huile) H. 63 cm ; l. 114 cm (sans cadre) ; H. 75 cm ; l. 125 cm ; E. 3,5 cm ; VOLUM. 0,0328 (avec cadre)
Signé en bas à gauche : "B. Morisot".
inv. 6021
legs Rouart Annie (testateur) (1993)
Berthe Morisot spent the summers of 1890 and 1891 in Mézy, a small town in the Yvelines, some forty kilometers from Paris. One of the young friends Julie made there, Gabrielle Dufour, also posed occasionally for her mother. Wearing a lilac skirt, a white blouse and an orange-red scarf, the girl is lying on the grass in the shade of a pear tree, with her goat Colette. The delicate line of her silhouette evinces Morisot’s renewed interest in drawing, a concern she shared with another painter of the human figure, her friend Pierre Auguste Renoir. Of the three known versions of the Shepherdess Resting, only the one at the Musée Marmottan Monet featured at Boussod et Valadon in 1892, in what was the only solo exhibition of Morisot’s work held in her lifetime.