Day School: Berthe Morisot, Woman Impressionist

Ref: C3744389

Soon after her first drawing lessons, Berthe Morisot knew she wanted to be a painter, not simply an amateur, but a professional. As a 19th century bourgeois woman, she faced many obstacles to fulfill her ambition. Yet, Morisot went on to became one of the pioneers of modern art, among the Impressionist group. We will study her life and career: her beginnings, her relationship with Edouard Manet, her foray into modernism, the friendships with Monet, Renoir, and Mallarmé, and her success on the art market. We will also set Morisot's example against that of other women artists.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by The Education and Skills Funding agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available. Contact the branch for further details.

Course aim

This day-school focuses on the life and career of Berthe Morisot, one of the key members of the Impressionist group.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Recount Berthe Morisot's life and career in its broad outline
  • Discuss Morisot's place in the Impressonist movement
  • Name and discuss some of the obstacles she faced because she was a woman
  • Name two other women Impressionists

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Day School: Berthe Morisot, Woman Impressionist


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