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Portraying Life : Manet
Author: Carol M. Armstrong

ISBN: 9781905711741
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 1 October 2012
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 27.43 x 24.89 x 2.29
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 travelling 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, andIn 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.

About the Authors

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. Stephane Guegan is a curator at the...

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