Objet phare des musées de Grasse
Museum of Art and History of Provence
Orange Harvest at Cimiez
1888-1889 - pastel
Museum of the Art and History of Provence - donation by H. Rouard
A well-known Impressionist painter, Berthe Morisot (1841-1895) – whose mother was the great-grandniece of Jean Honoré Fragonard – married Eugène Manet, the brother of Edouard Manet, who often used her as a model. She stayed several times at Nice, in particular at Villa Ratti, which was surrounded by a large park, in the Cimiez neighbourhood.
Like Renoir, she was interested in oranges. Here, the artist has created a pastel portrait of a young girl from Nice wearing a blue dress and delicately harvesting the fruit. Berthe Morisot has seized the instant with quick, sure and spontaneous lines. She renders an outdoor effect with harmonious rigour, conveying it through light, shadow and small touches of colour. The painting made from this study is now in a private foreign collection.