Manet: The Still Life Paintings

Manet: The Still Life Paintings

by George L. Mauner, Musee D'Orsay, Walters Art Gallery, Henri Loyrette
     
 

Of all the paintings by the Impressionist master Edouard Manet, nearly one-fifth are still lifes, a genre the artist himself considered "the touchstone of painting." This sumptuous volume, published to accompany a landmark exhibition at the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore and at the Mus�e d'Orsay in Paris, is the first major book to focus on this crucial aspect of… See more details below

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Of all the paintings by the Impressionist master Edouard Manet, nearly one-fifth are still lifes, a genre the artist himself considered "the touchstone of painting." This sumptuous volume, published to accompany a landmark exhibition at the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore and at the Mus�e d'Orsay in Paris, is the first major book to focus on this crucial aspect of Manet's work.

Throughout his career, and especially later in his life, Manet devoted considerable energy to still lifes, producing oils, watercolors, and prints that unite exuberant personal expression with a flawless mastery of light and detail. With informative text, including an enlightening essay by Henri Loyrette, director of the Mus�e d'Orsay, Manet: The Still-Life Paintings features lush, full-page colorplates as well as full-bleed details of what some critics consider the finest examples of still-life painting ever executed.

The exhibition this book accompanies has been organized by the American Federation of Arts and the R�union des Mus�es Nationaux/Mus�e d'Orsay, Paris.

Author Biography: George Mauner is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Art History at Pennsylvania State University and is an authority on 19th-century art.

Henri Loyrette is the director of the Mus�e d'Orsay, Paris, one of the world's major repositories of Impressionist art.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Close reading isn't just for poetry. In Manet: The Still-Life Paintings, George Mauner, distinguished professor emeritus of art history at Penn State, gives close and illuminating attention to some of the best-loved works in all of modern painting, reproduced here in 133 illustrations (106 in full color). Henri Loyrette, director of Paris's Mus e d'Orsay, contributes an essay showing Manet's place within a long tradition of still-life painters. Subject-based sections such as "The First Flowers," "Fruits and Vegetables" and "Two Festive Tables" make a large body of work accessible and thematically coherent. ( Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal - Library Journal
Using still life to suspend time and focus on light, Manet broke with academic themes and traditions of perspective to presage Impressionism and usher in a new way of painting. This catalog for an exhibit that travels from the Mus e D'Orsay in Paris to the Walters Gallery in Baltimore reveals the breath and scope of Manet's still lifes, both visually and theoretically. In between the opening and concluding essay are full-color plates with details of Manet's rich palette. Here are still lifes of full, ripe strawberries, plums stroked with blue and green paint, and delicate and sensual peonies recalling a soft summer evening. Although the text is fairly dense, the reader will be rewarded with references to Manet's constructions of the paintings and their philosophical, theoretical, and moral character as well as allusions to contemporary culture, such as the dictums of Baudelaire. The specialist will find a compact and intense view here, while the general reader will come to appreciate fully the artist who believed a painter need only paint clouds and fruit and flowers. Recommended for large public libraries, museums, universities, and other special art book collections. Ellen Bates, New York Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810943919
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/2001
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
9.37(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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