Arts Everyday Living: Happy Birthday, Edouard Manet–Women of Colorful Paris, At the Cafes

Edouard Manet, Woman Reading, 1880/81, oil on canvas, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Larned Coburn Memorial Collection, Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MANET (1832-1883)!

192 years ago, French icon Edouard Manet was born on January 23, 1832!  Although he never officially belonged to the Impressionists like Monet, Renoir, and Degas, Manet shared their creative goal of portraying “modern” or everyday life. And Paris, his birthplace and residence for 51 years, represented the core of his artistic world.

Manet was especially attracted to the female sex as he walked around the city he knew so well, from the woman immersed in reading her magazine to the cafe-goer, either lost in thought or waiting for a friend.  Note too Manet’s mastery of color, from the vibrant palette of Woman Reading above to the riveting pink of the dress in Plum Brandy below. While the brushwork of both works of art is is often thickly applied in energetic strokes.

 

Edouard Manet, Plum Brandy, c. 1877, oil on canvas, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

 

 

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