The exposition includes paintings by talented women artists of the late 19th century, incl. “Convalescent. Portrait of a Woman in White ”is a painting by Berthe Morisot, first exhibited in London.
Morisot was more than Manet's muse. He admired her work and her dedication to painting outdoors and studied with her. She did not always appreciate his attempts to correct and change her paintings, since from the very beginning of her career she considered herself a professional artist, and not just a gifted amateur. In 1874 she became Manet's daughter-in-law when she married his brother Eugene. Eva Gonzalez was often attracted to images of theater and street. One of Gonzalez's paintings to be shown in London, Convalescent (Portrait of a Woman in White) is a combination of charcoal and oil on canvas, created in 1877-1878. This is one of a series of white-on-white studies that Gonzalez experimented with. Made two years before her marriage to the engraver Henri Guérard, it also reminds us of the artist's tragically short life: she died in 1883 of a blood clot after the birth of her daughter, three days after the death of Edouard Manet himself.