Édouard Manet Luncheon on the Grass
Born in Paris, France on January 23, 1832, Edouard Manet is recognized as an instrumental painter who helped the art world transition to the Impressionism stage from Realism. The Impressionism movement focused on using very small, miniscule brush strokes that are evident in the finished painting. Light is always clearly depicted and the finished work displayed movement. Edouard Manet painted one of the earliest recognized Impressionist works, Luncheon on the Grass, in 1862. The painting features a nude woman who is sitting on a piece of fabric while speaking with two clothed men. A second woman is seen in the background picking something from the ground. Manet’s Luncheon on the Grass was a controversial picture because the nude woman was sitting with two clothed men. Luncheon on the Grass differed from traditional nudes, as though widely accepted in the art world, often depicted a solitary, nude subject. Déjeuner sur l'herbe is Luncheon on the Grass in French.
As the Salon jury of 1863, the official salon of the French Academy, rejected to show Luncheon on the Grass, Manet resolved to continue with his work. The controversy did not deter him from painting further controversial pieces and he unrelentingly depicted the female nude in his paintings. Due to the controversy surrounding Luncheon on the Grass, Manet showed the painting at the Salon des Refuses in 1863. The painting has inspired numerous additional works and is often depicted in modern culture. Many attribute the shift to Impressionism from Realism to artists such as Edouard Manet. This painting is a prime example of the style that focused on light and color, and featured realistic subjects. Additionally, Manet’s work is revered as helping with the development of modern art.
Though known for shocking the public with his art, there may be no other artist that contributed as greatly to Impressionism as Edouard Manet. Luncheon on the Grass continues to be a relevant piece of art that sparks controversy. Manet’s Luncheon on the Grass focused on the subjects while the background remains muted or almost faded. The eye is immediately focused on the people, while bathed in the light, as Manet perceived it. With emphasis on painting common subjects like those depicted in this masterpiece, Manet is credited as one of the great Parisian Impressionists and became an inspiration to many. When it comes to inspirational artists that helped pave the way for modern art, none may be as greatly recognized as Edouard Manet. Luncheon on the Grass is a revolutionary work of art that challenged the boundaries established and pushed the envelope to the limit. Manet’s Luncheon on the Grass was a groundbreaking work of art that is as beautiful as it is controversial.
For those interested in choosing artwork that not only adorns their walls, but also proves to be a true conversational piece, Manet’s Luncheon on the Grass is a perfect choice. A hand painted, oil reproduction of Manet’s work is an excellent addition to every living décor and is a great way to bring the historic beauty and importance of the Impressionists to modern day spaces. Impressionism focuses more on the feeling behind a piece rather than the realistic image of the main focal point. With bold colors, the use of light, and realistic subjects that express emotion, Impressionist artwork such as Edouard Manet’s Luncheon on the Grass is an excellent choice.
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