Young Woman Watering a Shrub (Translation)
Jeune Femme arrosant un arbuste (Primary Title)

Berthe Morisot, French, 1841 - 1895 (Artist)

oil on canvas
Unframed: 15 3/4 × 12 1/2 in. (40.01 × 31.75 cm)
Framed: 21 1/2 × 18 in. (54.61 × 45.72 cm)
Not on view
Morisot often painted intimate, domestic scenes. Here she depicts her sister, Edma Pontillon, watering plants on the terrace of the Morisot family home at 5 rue Guichard in the sixteenth arrondissement of Paris. Edma’s simple, flowing housedress allows Morisot to explore the play of light over white, a technical and creative challenge investigated by many Impressionist painters. This scene further demonstrates women’s association with the home in 19th-century France while exemplifying the Impressionist interest in urban and suburban gardens, a subject also found in the Mellon collection’s Camille at the Window.
signed, lower left: "Berthe Morisot"
Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon
2019-2020: "Van Gogh Monet Degas, The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts", Palazzo Zabarella, Padua, Italy, October 26, 2019 - March 1, 2020

2019: Van Gogh, Monet, Degas, and Their Times: The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Frist Art Museum, Nashville, TN, February 2 - May 5, 2019

2018-2019: "Van Gogh, Monet, Degas: The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts", The Frick Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, March 17 - July 15, 2018; Oklahoma Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, June 22 - September 22, 2019

2018: Collecting for the Commonwealth Preserving for the Nation, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 1919-2018, Winter Antiques Show, Park Avenue Armory, New York City, NY, January 18 - 26, 2018.
Pierre Pinchon, Michèle Moyne, Emmanuelle Amiot-Saulnier, Marianne Mathieu, Berthe Morisot (Vanves, France: Hazan, 2012) color ill. no. 21, p. 94, cat. entry p. 93

Great Masters of Western Art, Vol. 26, Morisot (Tokyo: Shogakukan, Inc., 2009) p. 41, color ill.

Takashina Shuji, 101:Visual Art 1 (?? Japanese), color ill. p. 176.

Max Hollein and Ingrid Pfeiffer, eds., Women Impressionists ex. cat. (Ostfildern, Germany: Hatje Cantz Verlag, in asso. with Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfort, 2008) p. 305, color ill. p. 58.

Keiko Sakagami, Morisot, Visual Selection (Tokyo: Shogakukan Inc., 2005) b&w ill. p. 119.

Keiko Sakagami, Morisot [Vol. 6 of Master of Western Art Series] (Tokyo: Shogakukan, Inc., 2006) p. 64, color ill.

Berthe Morisot 1841-1895 exhibition catalogue (Paris: Editions de la Réunion des Musées Nationaux, 2002) p. 172, cat. no. 35, color ill. p. 173.

Le Nouvelliste, Thursday, June 20, 2002, p. 3, color ill.
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