College of Arts and Science: University Honors
English and Women and Gender Studies
Kenneth Allan, PhD
Naomi Hume, PhD
Tzu Hung Huang
A common Impressionist subject was a woman in front of a mirror. Berthe Morisot, one of a few prominent female painters during the Impressionist era, often painted women in private, domestic settings with those women looking into mirrors. This essay looks at Berthe Morisot’s painting of women and mirrors through the lens of feminist theories of looking and gender difference. This is done through close readings of several paintings by Morisot and one of her contemporaries, Edouard Manet. Morisot, as a female painter, portrays a unique kind of self-looking of and by women, in which she paints women who subvert and deny the traditional male gaze through an awareness of their public presence.
"Berthe Morisot and Painted Mirrors.,"
SUURJ: Seattle University Undergraduate Research Journal: Vol. 3, Article 6.
Available at: https://scholarworks.seattleu.edu/suurj/vol3/iss1/6