Manet and Modern Beauty: The Artist's Last Years

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The name Manet evokes the provocative, heroically scaled pictures he painted in the 1860s for the Salon, but in the late 1870s and early 1880s the artist produced quite a different body of work: stylish portraits of actresses and demimondaines, luscious still life, delicate pastels, intimate watercolors, and impressionistic scenes of suburban gardens and Parisian cafés. Often dismissed as too pretty and superficial by critics, these later works reflect Manet’s elegant social world, propose a radical new alignment of modern art with fashionable femininity, and record the artist’s unapologetic embrace of beauty and visual pleasure in the face of death.   Featuring nearly three hundred illustrations and nine fascinating essays by established and emerging Manet specialists, a technical analysis of the late Salon painting Jeanne (Spring), a selection of the artist’s correspondence, a chronology, and more, Manet and Modern Beauty brings a diverse range of approaches to bear on a little-studied area of this major artist’s oeuvre.         

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400 pages with 206 color illustrations

9 5/8 x 11 3/8 x 1 1/2 in.

     


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Manet and Modern Beauty

The name Manet evokes the provocative, heroically scaled pictures he painted in the 1860s for the Salon, but in the late 1870s and early 1880s the artist produced quite a different body of work: stylish portraits of actresses and demimondaines, luscious still life, delicate pastels, intimate watercolors, and impressionistic scenes of suburban gardens and Parisian cafés.

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  1. Jun 27, 2019

    from Larkspur,

    This magnum opus is too large in size and too heavy to hold comfortably for reading. The exhaustive/exhausting commentary (183 pages before the exhibitions' paintings are even presented !) is a collection of self-involved treatises in academic excess. Unreadable; worst exhibition catalog I've ever seen. Must have been a big waste of several people's time to prepare this.

  2. Jun 24, 2019

    from Lisburn,

    A high value, exquisite coffee table book. Beautifully illustrated and highly informative. A delightful addition to one's library.