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.
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.”
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