Wednesday, 22 January 2014

FAMOUS ARTIST BIRTHDAY, EDOUARD MANET - MANET's ROSE - Give-Away - Day 23 of 30 Paintings in 30 Days

Manet's Rose by Sea Dean in natural light

Manet's Rose one step piror to completion
after  "Flowers in a Crystal Vase" circa 1883 by Edouard Manet
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I love how this painting turned out. As you can see I did a few last minute tweaks and it made such a difference. What I learned from Manet was giving the impression of a study while concentrating on precise brushwork. Look at the difference a light touch of mixing white made to the outer petals.

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23 January 1832 Born in Paris.

Edouard was from a wealthy family who could afford to send him to the best schools. He was a student of Thomas Couture in Paris and worked in Spain. He traveled widely and studied Masterpieces in The Louvre, France, Spain, Italy, Holland and Germany. Some of his early influences were Velasquez, Murillo, Zurbaran, and Goya. He was a highly influential figure amongst the early impressionists and the main instigator of the group at the Cafe Guerbois which included all the impressionists and many other artists of the era.

On a recent trip to Paris I renewed my love affair with Edouard Manet. I can remember being awestruck at his work while studying Art History in England, but I drifted towards the vibrant colour of Expressionism. Having seen Manet's work up close I was reminded of the power of value. Value in artistic terms means the intensity of colour on a scale of 1 - 10 and using the power of light and dark colours in composition. It has nothing to do with colour and everything to do with how the eye perceives.

An early painting, "The Absinthe Drinker" was refused by the Salon in 1859. The Luncheon on the Grass (Le déjeuner sur l'herbe) was also rejected, but exhibited at the Salon des Refusés in 1863. One of his most famous paintings was "Olympia" which I won't try to cram onto one of my Mini Master canvases. It is almost life size and completely stunning in person. One has to remember that the sheer size is impressive and influences the angle from which it is viewed and the presence it has in the room. As you can imagine, the two paintings created a sensation in1863 and 1865 Paris. Here Manet has used value to lead the eye from her face, down the channel of darks and along the languid body, up past the delicate bouquet of flowers and you stop abruptly at the shockingly dark face of the servant. Although he painted in a fluid style, Manet was could add a substantial amount of detail in the paintings because of their size.

Manet was a staff officer of the national guard during the Franco Prussian war, an event which disrupted the lives of many of the early impressionists. After the war he spent some time at Argenteuille, where Monet encouraged him to paint Plein Air. These two events caused a radical shift in his work, as can be seen in "Boating" ; it becomes lighter, softer and less harsh. Even his interiors move away from the stark blacks of his youth.

30 April 1883 Died in Paris, far too young, aged 51 after contracting Syphilis, the AIDS of his day. As with many, the disease was left untreated and lead to pain and amputation. He painted until near the end and this was one of his last works.

Cat # 14015 Manet's Rose