Monday, February 9, 2009

Morisot - on Brushstrokes

MorisotA Corner of the Rose Garden (1885) – private collection

This painting is an amazing web of brush stroke wizardry. Berthe had a way of scribbling her paint on and letting the imagery emerge from this flurry of activity… and I love it! She was one gutsy painter!

Very highly regarded by her fellow impressionists, she was among the first to let the vigor of her brushstrokes carry the painting. (Be sure to click on the image to see it enlarged.) She never ‘corrected’ herself by scraping and reworking, preferring instead to let the history of her working processes remain visible layer by layer in a tapestry laid down very thickly in some areas and barely washed on in others… a true maestra of the brush – brava!!

Gail Sauter – Journal: A Painter On Painting

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