The above painting appears in the
"Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity" exhibit
now at the Art Institute of Chicago
But even more exciting
are the seven paintings
by Morisot herself (1841 - 1895)
comprising the largest exhibition of her work there
since the museum gave her a solo show in 1925
This is the 1879 piece from the museum's permanent collection
and I admit that I've never given it the respect it deserves.
It's frilly girlishness just doesn't fit well in a room
dominated by the masculinity of all the Impressionist boys.
But placed immediately beside a painting
of a similar pose by Manet,
as it is in this exhibit,
you can see that
Morisot is not looking at a woman's world,
she's living in one.
And it's so well expressed
by the light, feathery, silvery qualities
she picked up from her mentor, Jean Baptiste Corot
(one of whom is the artist herself)
There's two portraits of Morisot by Manet in this show,
the above is a watercolor in the A.I.C. permanent collection.
He must have been as fascinated by her
as I am.