The Most Expensive Female Artist At Auction In 2013

Impressionist painter Berthe Morisot became the most expensive female artist at auction in 2014 when Christie’s in London sold her feathery portrait of a young redhead in a straw hat and purple dress for $10.9 million.

The 1881 painting, “After Lunch,” toppled the record set last year by a $10.7 million Louise Bourgeois sculpture—and underscores collectors’ willingness to splurge on major examples by classic Impressionists like Morisot, who is best known for her soothing views of women in domestic settings.

After Luncheon by Morisot Notebooks
After Luncheon by Morisot Desk Organizer
After Luncheon by Morisot Accent Pillow
After Luncheon by Morisot Yubo Lunchbox

Morisot, who lived from 1841 to 1895, grew up in Paris, the daughter of a bourgeois family who encouraged her interest in art even though women at the time rarely exhibited in the city’s high-profile academic salons. By the time she was 23 years old, she was exhibiting her own paintings and befriending France’s leading avant-garde artists such as Edouard Manet. She later married Manet’s brother and became the subject of some of her brother-in-law’s iconic portraits like his 1882 “Berthe Morisot with a Bouquet of Violets.”

Customized Gifts Inspired by Berthe Morisot Art

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2 Responses to The Most Expensive Female Artist At Auction In 2013

  1. Darwin says:

    …dear friend I posted ‘The cradle’ for you as you had mentioned liking it in the comments of the previous post and of course it is a lovely painting.Yes Berthe Morisot is a very talented artist, her subject matter and technique varies as you can see from the sample of her paintings here. I loved the ‘rose garden’ as soon as I saw it as it is quite different and just had to include it here. 🙂 xoxo

  2. Nothani says:

    Thanks dear chickory I tohhgut you would love this painting ‘thatched cottage in normandy’. Yes it is beautiful and yes it does have a similarity to Camille Corot as he instructed Berthe and her sister in painting; under Corot Berthe took up the ‘plein air’ method of working.It is visible here, I love the grasses in the foreground, the view through the lightly coloured trunks of the trees, inviting you to look further into the painting to see the green of the meadow, the cottage and the forest beyond … so much beauty to see here.I am having so much fun looking for all of these paintings and I have some lovely works of art coming up. 🙂 xoxoxo

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