Édouard Manet, Portrait of Madame Brunet, 1860–63, reworked by 1867, Oil on canvas, 52 x 39 inches, The J. Paul Getty Museum
Scott Allan detail Manet's Portrait of Madame Brunet, which recently entered the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum.
Allan notes that the painting "[calls] to mind 17th- and 18th-century examples of the Spanish, Flemish, and English schools... For all the veiled quotation in Manet's portrait, however, the signature elements of his original style are blazingly evident: in the brilliant summary execution of the mesmerizing gloves, the subtle wielding of a nuanced range of blacks in the dress, the sharp silhouetting of contours, and in the radical suppression of half-tones and shadows on the pale oval expanse of Mme. Brunet’s strongly lit face."
A. Bregman posts installation photos from Manet, the Man who Invented Modernity at the Musée d'Orsay on view through July 17, 2011. Bregman writes: "The exhibition is designed around 12 questions, as based in stylistic elements and evolution of the artist's life," that demonstrate how "[Manet's] vision of modernity was cemented with the revelation of reality."
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