This 1873 Portrait of Mme Boursier and Her Daughter by French artist Berthe Morisot sees Mme Boursier looking out at us with a faint smile. Morisot demonstrates the epitome of the devoted and loving mother as she holds her child’s hands.
Madame Boursier is the cousin of the artist and the child of her niece, whose expression seems to speak a certain sullenness, maybe tired of posing or made by Morisot to look resentful of the interruption by the viewer of her familial idyll. Morisot’s style here is loose but expert, as each object and textured fabric is painted for itself, each detail as important as the next.
Berthe Morisot’s Portrait of Mme Boursier and Her Daughter is in the Brooklyn Museum in New York City, United States.