Berthe Morisot (1841–1895) Before a Yacht, 1875
Watercolor over graphite on cream wove paper
8 1/8 x 10 9/16 in. (20.7 x 26.8 cm)
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 1955.1964
Morisot captures the transitory effects of nature in this virtuoso sheet. She suggests the rocking motion of the boats and the atmospheric bright sunlight that filters through the air.