Le Corsage Noir
Berthe Morisot, 'Le Corsage Noir'. Photo © National Gallery of IrelandCredit

'Le Corsage Noir' by Berthe Morisot

73 x 65 cm
Oil on canvas
Purchased, 1936

Stop 1 on the First Fortnight Art Trail

Berthe Morisot is best known for her intimate domestic interior scenes for which she often used family and friends as models. This subject matter is largely a reflection of nineteenth-century cultural restrictions based on her class and gender.

The claustrophobic atmosphere suggested in this painting, and in other works dealing with similar themes such as The Cage (1885), can be seen to relate to the stifling restrictions placed on women during this period. Such social circumstances, which often disproportionately affect women, have been shown to contribute to feelings of dependency and hopelessness which can result in mental health problems.

On display in Room 3, Millennium Wing, Level 1

About First Fortnight Festival

First Fortnight is a charity that challenges mental health prejudice through arts and cultural action. In January 2019, the National Gallery of Ireland is offering an education and engagement programme of events focusing on mindfulness and mental health. This Art Trail is part of the programme. See the full programme of First Fortnight events at the Gallery