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Sunday, July 12, 2020

Édouard Manet and modern art


Photo source: Wikimedia Commons, Edouard Manet


Édouard Manet (1832-1883) was a French painter best known for his contributions to realism and impressionism. Wikipedia says,


"His early masterworks, The Luncheon on the Grass and Olympia, both 1863, cased great controversy and served as rallying points for the young painters who would create Impressionism. Today, these are considered watershed paintings that mark the start of modern art." (Wikipedia Édouard Manet, 8.18.21 UTC 16:40)


The rest of this post is some quotes from Manet.




"Get it down quicky, don't worry about the background. Just go for the tonal values. You see? When you look at it, and above all when you see how to render it as you see it..." (Quoted in Manet by Himself by Juliet Wilson-Bareau)


"And the grapes, now do you count count each? No, of course not. What strikes you is their clear, amber color and the bloom which models the form by softening it." (Quoted in Manet by Himself by Juliet Wilson-Bareau)


"In the figure, look for the main light and the main shadow, the rest will come of itself: often it amounts to very little." (Quoted in The Importance of Manet's Conceptualization by Charles Moffat)




"You must always remain master of the situation and do what you please. No school tasks, ah, no! No tasks." (Quoted in Portrait of Manet by himself and his contemporaries by Pierre Courthion)


"They've never stopped telling me I'm inconsistent; they couldn't have said anything more flattering." (Quoted in The Private Lives of the Impressionists by Sue Roe)