Hanging the Laundry out to Dry: Berthe Morisot

Berthe Morisot: Hanging the Laundry out to Dry

One of the few exhibiting female Impressionists, Berthe Morisot tended to preference intimate domestic themes in her work, often painting mothers and children or servants as seen in Hanging the Laundry out to Dry from 1875.

She studied under Camille Corot of the Barbizon School, from whom she learned to paint outdoors, or en plein air. An overall tranquil scene, this 1875 landscape is above all a study of light and color. Also worth noting is the incredibly subtle indication of movement that the artist conveys through the clothes gently waving in the breeze and the abrupt change to long, horizontal brushstrokes in the area of open grass in the middle ground.

Berthe Morisot’s Hanging the Laundry out to Dry can be found in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C, United States.

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