Berthe Morisot was a French painter who is known for her role as one of the leading women of Impressionism. She was considered one of the most influential Impressionist painters, alongside legendary artists such as Degas and Manet. Her early painting style focused on watercolors, as she felt uneasy using oil. Later in her career her painting style changed, increasingly focusing on quick and loose movements, purposefully giving her paintings an unpolished look. Morisot’s paintings were praised by critics for their “feminine” features, often citing her delicacy and lightness of strokes. She later documented her struggle to be understood on a deeper level than exclusively by her gender.