JUNE 9–SEPTEmber 3, 2018
EDMA (MORISOT) PONTILLON
Photographer unknown, Edma Morisot Pontillon, n. d. Private collection, Paris
Edma Pontillon was Berthe Morisot’s elder sister, and they trained together, receiving private instruction and sharing a studio space. In 1864 they were both admitted to the Salon, and Pontillon exhibited there each year until 1868. In 1869 she married a marine officer and subsequently moved to a small village on the Atlantic coast. She ceased artistic activity, but she regularly corresponded with Berthe and modeled for a number of her paintings.
A fully illustrated catalogue, Women Artists in Paris, 1850–1900, has been published by the American Federation of Arts and Yale University Press. Along with an art-historical overview by curator Laurence Madeline, the catalogue includes essays by Jane R. Becker, collections management associate, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Richard Kendall, former curator at large, Clark Art Institute; Bridget Alsdorf, associate professor, History of Art, Princeton University; and Vibeke Hansen, curator, Nasjonalmuseet, Oslo.