The Cradle / The Double Image

Berthe Morisot / Anne Sexton

Berthe Morisot


❥ (b. Jan. 14, 1841, Bourges, Fr.--d. March 2, 1895, Paris)

❥Grandfather was painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard

❥She and sister Edma began painting at a young age

❥Family was bankin'

❥Painter, printmaker

❥Homies with Edourad Manet, married his brother c:

❥Uses brightly hued canvases

❥Often paints women in domestic or outdoor settings

❥Encouraged Manet to abandon the use of black in his paintings

❥Conservative impressionist approach in her paintings


a style or movement in painting originating in France in the 1860s, characterized by a concern with depicting the visual impression of the moment, esp. in terms of the shifting effect of light and color. i.e. optical illusions

Le Berceau (The Cradle)

❥Painted in Paris in 1872

❥ Subjects are Edma and her daughter, Blanche

❥Diagonal mirror imagining in position of subjects links mother and child

❥Hand drawing curtain symbolic of protective love of a mother

Anne Sexton

❥Nov. 9, 1928 - Oct. 4, 1974

❥ Bostonian

❥Poet and playwright

❥Disliked school, unable to concentrate, disobedient

❥Traumatizing childhood

❥In and out of therapy

❥Postpartum depression after first child

❥Abusive husband

❥Abused children

❥Suffered from mental breakdowns

❥Therapist encouraged her to write

❥Confessional poet

❥Many suicide attempts

The Double Image

❥Addressed to younger daughter, Joy

❥Talks about:

       ❥Sexton's hospitalization

       ❥Recuperation at parents' home

       ❥Suicide attempts

       ❥Mother's diagnosis of breast cancer

❥Says that she is similar to her mother ( like a double image? riiiiight?? reflection??? c: )


Both have the implications of the idea of a mirror image symbolizing a certain connection between mother and daughter whether it be positive or negative.

The woman in the painting is looking lovingly, and, I think, almost longingly, at her daughter in the bassinet - in Sexton's poem, she implies in certain places that she misses her daughter and is sorry that she is unable to be there in the early stages of her life.


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