Louise-Catherine Breslau (German/Swiss, 1856-1927), The Friends (Les amies), 1881. Oil on canvas; 33-1/2 x 63 in. ©Musée d’art et d’histoire, ville de Genève, inv. no 1883-0002. Photo: Bettina Jacot-Descombes. Courtesy American Federation of Arts If you want to get a sense of what it was like to be a woman artist in Paris in the 19th century, consider what Édouard Manet once said about the Impressionist painter Berthe Morisot: “This woman’s work is exceptional,” he said.