• Impressionist & Modern Art auction at Christies

    Sale 5851

    Impressionist & Modern Art

    25 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 11

    Berthe Morisot (1841-1895)

    Mlle L. R. en Domino

    Price Realised  


    Berthe Morisot (1841-1895)
    Mlle L. R. en Domino
    stamped with the artist's signature 'Berthe Morisot' (lower left), recto; stamped again with the artist's signature 'Berthe Morisot' (centre), verso
    pastel and pencil on paper
    20½ x 15¾in. (51.8 x 40.2cm.)

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    These pastel studies are for a painting for the Carnaval de Nice that went unrealised by Morisot. They exemplify Morisot's love of colour and her power to observe the expressive nuances of physical mannerisms. Family legend had it that the Morisots were descended from Fragonard, the master of the Ancien Régime, and one can certainly see the influence of the Rococo painter's soft pinks and blues in these intimate sketches of the carnival character Domino.

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    M. L. Bataille & G. Wildenstein, Berthe Morisot catalogue des peintures, pastels et acquarelles, Paris, 1969, nos.547a and 547b (illustrated p.57).