Berthe Morisot – Julie Daydreaming (1894)

Berthe Morisot (1841 – 1895) was a French artist, the least known member today of the Impressionists’ group that included Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Paul Cézanne, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Alfred Sissley.

Morisot developed a great friendship and collaboration with Édouard Manet, posing for him several times through the years. In 1874 she married Eugène Manet, his brother, and the two of them had a daughter together, Julie Manet.

Morisot painted Julie extensively, each artwork offering a glimpse into her daughter’s transformation through the years. Julie Daydreaming was painted in 1894, just one year before Berthe Morisot died and left her daughter an orphan. As a last sacrifice, Morisot contracted pneumonia while tending to Julie’s pneumonia. The painting shows a wistful, maybe even bored Julie at 16. Whether she’s thinking about boys or her lost idyllic childhood, we’ll never know.

Berthe Morisot - Julie daydreaming
Berthe Morisot – Julie Daydreaming (1894), oil on canvas

8 thoughts on “Berthe Morisot – Julie Daydreaming (1894)

  1. Sansa Stark would definitely a good comparison.
    In a time when photos and selfies were not there, the idea of paintings being drawn so as to capture the growth over the years sounds amazing. I also think of this as iterations, one keeps trying to capture the perfect image of innocence ( or whatever the painter was after ).
    Thanks for the share 🙂

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    1. I don’t share that poetic view, I would rather see artists try to get out of their comfort zones more instead of painting the same thing over and over again. Repetition is boring. Even Degas’ ballerinas can get tiresome, in spite of his massive talent.

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      1. I didn’t mean repetitions where nothing changes, but iterations in terms of the same subject being approached in different perspectives. Rashomon like. But then again I haven’t seen enough artists to say how that would actually look like. But surely I am all for pushing the comfort zone. I will look up Degas and his Ballerinas .

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