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The National Museum of Women in the Arts’ exhibition on Berthe Morisot, “Berthe Morisot: An Impressionist and Her Circle,” demonstrates the painter’s alliance with then-avant-garde Manet, Degas, and Renoir. Yet it also presents a visual record of the artist’s relationship with her daughter, Julie Manet. Domestic warmth comes across in Eugène Manet and His Daughter in the Garden of Bougival: Morisot depicts her husband sitting on a park bench holding a board strewn with game pieces, attentively watching their young, bonneted child at play. Sadly, Eugène died when their daughter was just 13, but Julie continued to pose for her mother, accompanying her on plein-air expeditions. In Morisot’s Bois de Boulogne, the girl stands off to the side in a long dress with her hand on her hip, conveying a timeless sense of teen isolation. Later in life, Julie herself became an accomplished painter, a fact demonstrated in this show by a still life of pears; though taught by her mother, Julie’s wide passages of rich color and solid forms recall the work of her uncle Edouard. The show is on view from noon to 5 p.m. (to May 8; see City List for other dates) at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $10. (202) 783-5000. (Hetty Lipscomb)