Flash forward again!
Lets not forget the French impressionists...
Oh yeah. Hot steamy artsy romance between Berthe Morisot and Edouard Manet. "An affair to remember" is a common phrase used to describe them. Well I dunno about how much the hot steamy part is accurate but they're French right? Berthe’s first showing at the Salon de Paris (similar concept to the academy) was when she was 23. Damn, shes on a role. EGGROLL (sounds like Hey-girl)
Though it’s a "chicken or egg" question, it was a two way street for the two painters. They both developed their own styles and characteristcs in painting, but that didn’t meant they wouldn't try the ideas or techniques of the other. Call me sappy, but its like a symbiotic relationship of paint. HAWT.
Factoid: If you have read or heard of the book Sacre Bleau by Christopher Moore, she hung out with a bunch of the folks that had work hanging in the impressionist gallery scene. Pissaro, Renoir, and Sisley, she also hung out with Degas. Lucky tart.