Theme: Impressionist painters, In search of new and Non-traditional subjects.
Manet (1832 – 1883) was one of the frequent travellers of the European countries for artistic purpose. But his work was generously inspired by the Dutch and Spanish painters. We can see these masters’ influence in Manet’s work. His pool of inspiration was the Spanish paintings of seventeenth century. Painters like Frans Hals, Goya and Velasquez were among those who stirred the artist in Manet.
The absinthe drinker - by Edouard Manet
THE ARTIST :
Manet: Painting Hues of Sea-Scape
I have read the famous words written by C. S. Lewis, a British novelist. He wrote that: “Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.” Whenever I see the paintings, especially the seascapes paintings by Edouardo Manet, I feel the same thing about his artwork. His choice of subjects and the manner in which he remained faithful to the artistic causes artists are supposed carrying with them, we can say that “it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become”. The art, all sort of artistic performances, may it be painting or music, has an embedded meaning in it.
THE ART :
In the above seascape painting Steamboat Leaving Boulogne we can clearly visualize two major aspects, so far as the art of painting is concerned. One is the diagonal journey of the departing steamer, fuming and cruising, making the painting lively; and another is the slightly narrowing of the strokes as the artist approach toward the horizon.
In his seascape paintings, or call them the Marine Art, Manet mainly used horizontal strokes of blue and green paint for depicting seawater.
Sailing ships and Seagulls
The eye-catching aspect of this painting is that Manet has made a strong attempt to record the visual reality of the seascape in day time. He has succeeded in transferring the transient effects of the light and colour on canvas. He had masterly recreated the reality of the moment depicted through the hues and tones of the colours he laid on canvas. (Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons)
Manet received his due respect when his painting at the fag end of his life. His painting A Bar at the Folies-Bergere was displaced in Saloon in the year 1998. Due to illness he was forced to work slowly on this master piece painting that is set in the famous Paris night-club. Parisians have been always known for their sharpened desire to live the life in full. The consuming of wine was one of the means they do so. Thus the nightclubs and bar were the places populated by rich and neo-rich people Parisians. Manet has wee-depicted this trend in many of his paintings
EDOUARD MANET : Adding Natural Beauty to Female Figure
when I had seen the painting The Lunch on the Grass Le Bain or The Bath, I do not remember whether I was shocked like the Parisians had been while seeing this painting by Manet. This painting was a statement of declaration of freedom by an artist. But the viewers as well as the critics of art were shocked. The reason was the woman sitting so cloth-less among the two fully dressed men. In this painting Suzanne Leenhoff had modeled for the woman sitting. She was Edouard Claude Manet’s wife. [All images are in public domain, and courtesy Wikimedia Commons ]