Manet: Portraying Life

Manet: Portraying Life

by MaryAnne Stevens, Colin B. Bailey, Stephane Guegan, Leah Lehmbeck
     
 


Today, it seems astonishing that the work of Edouard Manet (1832–83), the master French painter, was controversial in his day. His subversive handling of both paint and subject matter, coupled with his detached gaze, shocked contemporaries—but established him as the father of modern painting. This remarkable book, published to accompany an important…  See more details below

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Today, it seems astonishing that the work of Edouard Manet (1832–83), the master French painter, was controversial in his day. His subversive handling of both paint and subject matter, coupled with his detached gaze, shocked contemporaries—but established him as the father of modern painting. This remarkable book, published to accompany an important traveling exhibition, explores the artist’s stylistic evolution in the context of his portraiture. The relationship between Manet’s portraits and his genre scenes is presented for the first time, illustrated by such masterpieces as The Luncheon (In the Studio) of 1868, and In the Conservatory (M. and Mme. Guillemet) of 1879. Leading authorities consider such topics as the influence of 17th-century Dutch painters, parallels with Renoir, and links with early photography.

Praise for Manet:

“Lush portraits as arresting today as they were when they were first exhibited.”

Vogue

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781905711741
Publisher:
Royal Academy Publications
Publication date:
10/01/2012
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

MaryAnne Stevens is director of academic affairs at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. Colin B. Bailey is chief curator of the Frick Collection, New York. Stéphane Guégan is a curator at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris. Leah Lehmbeck is associate curator at the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena. Lawrence W. Nichols is curator of European Painting and Sculpture before 1900 at the Toledo Museum of Art.

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