Jan 7, 2022

Mademoiselle Louise Riesener in a Hat

Mademoiselle Louise Riesener in a Hat

c. 1877–80

Berthe Morisot

(French, 1841–1895)

Pastel on pale blue laid paper

Sheet: 55.5 x 46.8 cm (21 7/8 x 18 7/16 in.); Framed: 75.3 x 66.2 x 4.5 cm (29 5/8 x 26 1/16 x 1 3/4 in.)

Bequest of Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. 1958.41

Catalogue raisonné: Bataille and Wildenstein 527

Did you know?

Morisot favored the (formerly) blue paper used here for pastels and used it for numerous works.


One of the only women associated with Impressionism, Berthe Morisot produced nearly 200 pastels. Cleveland’s collection is among the few in the United States featuring more than one example. Louise Riesener was a socialite and lifelong friend of Morisot’s, identified as the subject of this pastel by Morisot’s daughter, Julie Manet, decades after its acquisition by Cleveland industrialist Leonard C. Hanna Jr.

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DR - French
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