This joyful, vivacious sketch presents a soft palette that is applied with discrete, light strokes. The verdant greens of the foliage are infused with light and entirely surround the young girl. As with La cueillette des oranges, Morisot was inspired by Botticelli's Printemps. The mutual influence that Berthe Morisot and Renoir had on each other is also evident here. Renoir had previously urged Morisot to finish Le cerisier painting, which she started in Nice in 1888, in order to exhibit it at the Champs de Mars. Renoir incorporated a similar technique and colour palette in his compositions at the beginning of the 1890s.
Working principally in pastel in her later years, all of Berthe Morisot's paintings are characterised by the subtlety and spontaneity of her craftsmanship, as well as the quality of her artistic style. Paul Mantz describes her work as having "the candour of an improvisation; it really gives the idea of an 'impression' perceived by a sincere eye and recreated by an undeceiving hand" (Kathleen Adler et Tamar Garb, Berthe Morisot, New-York, 1987, p. 72). The relaxed elegance of her style and her liberal use of colour and strokes, contributed to defining the aesthetic of the movement and to making Berthe Morisot a founding and pioneering member of the impressionist group. One of the few women of the movement, she brought a feminine and intimate perspective to avant-garde art at the turn of the century.
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