Paula Butterfield presents La Luministe
Annie Bloom's welcomes local author Paula Butterfield for a reading from her debut novel, La Luministe.
Berthe Morisot was a fist in a velvet glove. In 19th century Paris, an haute-bourgeois woman was expected to be discreet to the point of near-invisibility. But Berthe, forbidden to enter L'Ecole des Beaux Arts, started the art movement that broke open the walls of the art establishment. And, unable to marry the love of her life, Edouard Manet, she married his brother. While she epitomized femininity and decorum, Morisot was a quiet revolutionary.
As an Impressionist, she created light-infused paintings of women in reverie that the other members of the group deemed the most avant-garde of them all. They called Morisot La Luministe, the painter of light. Her portraits depict women lost in thought, not as objects of the male gaze, but possessing an interior life.
The New Yorker critic Peter Schjeldahl wrote, "Morisot is a visual poet of womanhood like perhaps no other painter before or since." (10/29/2018)