The Sisters: Berthe Morisot

The Sisters: Berthe Morisot

The Sisters is an 1869 painting in the Impressionist style by the leading female French artist Berthe Morisot.

Morisot again shows an interest in psychological states and, given the identical dress of the two sisters, their states of mind are contrasted all the more. The sister to the left is wistfully smiling in a daydream.

The other girl shows signs of a failing effort to mask a deep frustration and is perhaps on the brink of tears. Perhaps this is a statement about the status of women at the time – both tied to the home physically and everywhere but home mentally.

Berthe Morisot’s The Sisters is in the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, United States.

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