The Women of Impressionism

In the Era of Impressionism, there were two views of the canvass to consider. The first and more favorable perspective revels in the fresh concept. It was felt impressionism had an artistic lens that would bring the art movement into the next century. The secondary opinion was bolder and less complimentary. It is no secret the time period held many views that would be considered archaic today. Women had their triumphs along with a fair share of trials. It was dually noted by critics and men of society that Impressionism was vastly simplistic and was deserving of what only a Female Artist could accomplish. This notion minimized the talents of Impressionistic Artists and their works.

We are familiar with the genius masterpieces of Monet and Renoir. The known fathers of impressionism are historically engraved in our memories. In the same circle were Female Artists who also mastered Impressionism with their own style.

Women and Artistic Inspiration

Berthe Morisot was an inspiration to the Female Artists of her time. She began painting with her sister as a young girl and received artistic training and studies from the Masters. With a personal invitation from Edgar degas to exhibit her work, she became a regular at the shows. Her pieces were shown at the most exhibitions than any other female Artist of that period. Berthe and Manet became great friends and often encouraged one another in their endeavors. She married Manet’s brother, Eugene, who was also a painter. Her Impressionist focuses ranged from landscapes to portraits. She enjoyed painting her daughter and husband in many of her works. Her signature was the fluidity of her brush strokes that started to bridge into an abstract style.

Marie Bracquemond was a noble presence in the community of Art. As a self-taught painter, she had vision, imagination and strength to succeed. As a little girl, she painted a gift for her mother using the pigment from freshly picked flowers. Similar to impressionism, the colors blended beautifully with a shadowing of hues. She was offered instruction and soon left the lessons due to a conflict of beliefs. She did not feel supported as a Painter because of her gender. Marie felt her teacher withheld her parameters because she was a Female. After adapting her own reflective thoughts to her canvass, she partook in the impressionists Exhibition a total of three times. To the dismay of many, Marie stopped painting professionally when her Husband expressed disapproval of her immersion in the craft.

Eva Gonzales studied with both Chaplin and Manet. She was encouraged to paint from a young age and began her training as a teenager. While she was still finding her place in the world of Art, she enjoyed painting portraits and interiors. She was not interested in displaying her works unless it was with the highest of honors. She achieved her dream when she was invited to a traditional salon to show her talents. She was close friends with Morisot and Cezanne and was sadly missed after her early and tragic passing.