This image is a self-portrait of the painter Berthe Morisot with her daughter. The work is an original drypoint, and a beautifully printed impression of the definitive state of this rare etching. It is one of the two most famous of the only eight drypoints that she is known to have done. These eight drypoints bear witness to her feminine sensibility and the delicacy of her line. The work is printed with a delicate plate tone throughout, and comes from the edition issued in the Gazette des Beaux Arts, Paris (apart from the edition of 25, published later by Ambroise Vollard characterized by the small puncture within the top and bottom center of the platemark). Literature regarding this artwork: Claude Roger-Marx, Graphic Art of the 19th Century, McGraw-Hill, 1962, p. 167; Roger Passeron, Impressionist Prints, Tabard Press, 1974, P. 134 (ill.); Una E. Johnson, Ambroise Vollard Editeur: Prints, Books, Bronzes, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1977, no. 83.2; Janine Bailly-Herzberg, Dictionnaire de l’Estampe en France 1830-1950, French & European Publications, 1985, p. 234; Michel Melot, The Impressionist Print, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1996, p. 212, no. 234 (ill.).
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