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Berthe, Gustave and Gennevilliers...

Berthe Morisot married Eugène Manet in 1874 and spent the spring of 1875 in Gennevilliers. In March of the same year, with Monet, Sisley and Renoir, she organized a sale at Drouot. On this occasion she sold a watercolor and two paintings, including one, "Interior" which was sold for 480 francs, the highest bid of the session.

Edouard Manet – Portrait de Berthe Morisot avec un éventail, 1874, Art Institute of Chicago
Edouard Manet – Portrait de Berthe Morisot avec un éventail, 1874, Art Institute of Chicago

This delicate watercolor "A Gennevilliers" is taken from a page of the biography that Armand Fourreau devoted to Berthe Morisot in 1925, thirty years after her death.

In 1881, it was the turn of Martial and Gustave Caillebotte to fall under the spell of Little Gennevilliers, and to acquire a property there.


In his art history lectures, Fabrice Roy combines the past with the present, in a poetic and playful evocation of the French 19th century...

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