Melissa L. Geib

Document Type

Honors Project

First Advisor

Nan Covert

Degree Award Date

Spring 1997


Mary Cassatt, Berthe Morisot, Women Impressionists, art history


Art and Design | Painting


In this paper I have written about Mary Cassatt and Berthe Morisot, two great women Impressionists. These two were not the only women Impressionists. Other examples such as Eva Gonzales and Marie Braquemond may come to mind. However, I have chosen to limit my study to Cassatt and Morisot because they are the two most recognized of the women Impressionists. I have also limited my research in this way so that I may do a more in-depth analysis of their lives and works.

My approach to this paper is as one who is especially interested in the fields of art history and journalism. I have proposed to incorporate into my paper both pictures of the artists themselves and of their more important works. I will provide an analysis of the works from an art historian's point of view. I will arrange these illustrations as they might appear in a newspaper, a magazine, or a book.

In writing this paper, I will explore several different issues in reference to these two artists. One issue I will attend to will be the unjustified lack of attention women artists such as Cassatt and Morisot have received. In addition, I will record my observations on the relation of their art to their place in the society in which they lived. Another issue that will be discussed will be the relation of the art of Cassatt and Morisot to the art of their colleagues, Degas and Manet.