Of course, you know this woman. Maybe not her exact name, but her face. You have maybe even visited her world famous portrait at its home, la Musée d´Orsay in Paris. Because it is one of Édouard Manet´s most popular paintings - and in the words of French newspaper Liberation "The Mona Lisa of the 19.Century" " - capturing his friend and later sister in law, Berthe Morisot.
The thing is: Morisot was as talented as the man who painted her.
Becoming one of the first modern painters, pathing the way into a new century. But as a woman - excluded from art schools and patronages - she foremost stayed Manéts favorite model, he went on painting her again and again over the years.
Never before have I learnt about art as entertainingly and effectively as with the online close-read-section of the New York Times.
Check it out with her example based on that very picture above - Eugène Manet on the Isle of Wight, 1875. Found in the collection of Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris - read, learn and have fun!
You prefer photography? Fine! Go and find out more about Swiss American artist Robert Frank.
And there is so much more. A team of journalists and historians put together the interactive format on a regular basis, I strictly recommend these features to schools and famliy homes!