Édouard Manet Bullfight
Edouard Manet's Bullfight, painted between 1865 and 1866, is one of the artist's most iconic and enduring works and a foreshadowing of one what would become one of the long-running tropes of European modernism; the bullfight. Prominently housed at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, the scene derived from a trip taken by the painter to Spain in 1865. Between 1862 and 1867, Manet painted a number of variations on the theme of the bullfight which drew a torrent of critique from the artistic establishment, and finally enthroned Manet as the father of European modernism.
In September 1865 Manet wrote to the poet Charles Baudelaire from Spain, remarking upon the bullfight he had just witnessed, 'one of the finest, most curious, and most terrible sights that one can see is a bullfight. I hope upon my return, I can put on canvas the glistening, flickering and at the same time dramatic bullfight I witnessed." Alongside Bullfight Manet produced other canvases equal in stature and effect such as The Matador Welcoming the Bull, The Dead Man, and La Corrida. In these affective and turbulent works, Manet aimed to put on canvas a microcosm of the allegorical cruelty of the world, beckoning on the death of a caged beast cornered by a few mortal executioners. Inspired by the earlier engravings of Francisco de Goya that he had seen on the subject of bullfighting, Manet's cycle of three primary paintings, the largest of which is Bullfight, revealed the violent machinations of the sport; from the charging of the bull, to the killing. This searing vision of a cruel death drew attacks and virulent criticism from the whole gamut of French artistic and literary life. It was only the poet Baudelaire and the painter Fantin-Latour who saw merit in the canvas and understood the caustic critique that lay at the heart of the work.
In stark contrast to La Corrida, which envisioned the death of the bull, Bullfight purveys a gloomier atmosphere – one of isolation, entrapment, and claustrophobia. Viewed from the airy roof of the stadium, Manet's viewpoint sucks all the light and space from the scene, whilst allowing the viewer to share the perspective with that of a baying spectator. Manet's iconic work is a bridging work between the revolutionary testaments of Goya, and the heady, jazz-age modernism of Hemingway. A few decades later it would be essential for French artists in the formulation of modernism to look abroad for their ideas and visual cues. This breath of fresh air from the colonial aspirations of Orientalism sees Manet find a universal, and damning allegory, of modern man.
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