Manet Manette

Manet Manette

by Carol Armstrong, Edouard Manet
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300096585

ISBN-13: 9780300096583

Pub. Date: 09/28/2002

Publisher: Yale University Press

Manet, a founding father of modernism, is one of the towering figures of nineteenth-century art. In this absorbing book, Carol Armstrong looks closely at Manet's works to uncover a novel and compelling view not only of the artist but also of modernity itself. As she places his art within frameworks of color, the feminine Other (the "Manette" in "Manet"), and

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Manet, a founding father of modernism, is one of the towering figures of nineteenth-century art. In this absorbing book, Carol Armstrong looks closely at Manet's works to uncover a novel and compelling view not only of the artist but also of modernity itself. As she places his art within frameworks of color, the feminine Other (the "Manette" in "Manet"), and consumerism, Armstrong greatly expands and revises our understanding of this artist as a painter of modern life.

Surveying most of Manet's diverse output, the book addresses along the way his methods of self-presentation, his exhibition strategies, the relation of his etchings and paintings, the significance of his relationships with the model Victorine Meurent and the painter Berthe Morisot, the painterly construction of identity and gender difference, and much more. At the same time, the book considers contemporary writings by Baudelaire, Zola, the Goncourts, and others who dealt with issues relating to artistic identity and modernity, painting, the model, and femininity. Armstrong concludes that Manet's work demonstrates consistent preoccupations with defining and contradicting his own signature style of painting and with the gendering of costume, color, and the making of his art. These preoccupations, she shows, suggest a new understanding of Manet's oeuvre.

Author Biography: Carol Armstrong is Doris Stevens Professor of Women's Studies, Professor of Art & Archaeology, Princeton University.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300096583
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

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