Morisot's Alternative Universe is a 20x20 oil by Shirley Fachilla done partially in open studio.
Have you ever wondered why Berthe Morisot was the only woman included in the founding group of Impressionists? Did you (as I did) assume that her marriage to Eugene Manet, Edouard Manet’s brother had a significant role in her acceptance?
If you did, you were mistaken. She was a member of the group long before she married
. In fact, she was probably the member most responsible for organizing its exhibits. Eugene
She made the group on her merits. She was a wonderful artist with a true impressionist style. She was a serious painter who considered herself a professional. Of course, it helped that she was Parisian and beautiful. And it certainly didn’t hurt that she and her brother-in-law Edouard liked each other tremendously.
I’m happy I was mistaken. I’ll be less ready to discount talent next time!
My open studio painting includes Morisot’s A Summer’s Day in the background. A Summer’s Day shows the sort of leisure activity approved for women during Morisot’s era. Berthe’s devotion to her art would have been looked upon with less acceptance.