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"Manet: The Still-Life Paintings"
2001-01-28 until 2001-04-22
Walters Art Gallery
Baltimore, MD, USA United States of America

Edouard Manet created some of the most revered paintings of the 19th century, and his unconventional genius had a profound impact on the art world. Referred to by many as the Father of Impressionism, Manet was a mentor to a group of young artists that included Monet, Degas, and Cézanne. See his extraordinary talent in full bloom as Manet: The Still-Life Paintings opens at the Walters Art Museum on January 28, 2001 after its world premiere at the Musée d'Orsay, Paris. The exhibition will remain on view at the Walters, its exclusive North American venue, through April 22, 2001.

Manet: The Still-Life Paintings features 55 works of art, including a number of rarely seen works by this 19th-century master. Some 37 oils, as well as a selection of works on paper in a variety of media, are drawn from museums and private collections around the world, representing the entire range of Manet's production in the genre. Portraits and figure paintings into which the artist incorporated still lifes are also included, notably Portrait of Théodore Duret (1868) and Woman with a Pitcher (1858-60). Samples of the artist's private correspondence, which he decorated with deft, intimate renderings of flowers and fruit, are also included.

Although Manet is celebrated for the revolutionary character of his figure paintings, such as his 1863 masterwork Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe (The Luncheon on the Grass), approximately 80 of Manet's paintings — one-fifth of his output — were dedicated to the still life. A painter can say all he wants to with fruit or flowers or even clouds, the artist once remarked. Manet devoted himself to the genre he considered the touchstone of the painter with varying degrees of intensity. Between 1862 and 1869 Manet produced 22 still-life paintings; only 10 are known from the 1870s; and, finally, he painted 50 still lifes between 1880 and 1883.

Guest curator George Mauner, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Art History and Fellow Emeritus and Past Director of the Institute for the Arts and Humanistic Studies at Pennsylvania State University, organized the exhibition chronologically into 11 groupings. In this way, the full range of Manet's stylistic and technical development is revealed, from the pre-Impressionist work of the 1860s, including Oysters (1862), considered Manet's first still-life painting, to the mature mastery of the paintings produced shortly before his death in 1883.

The final group, produced during the artist's last months, when illness confined him largely to his room, consists of paintings of the bouquets brought to him by his many friends and admirers. Of these, Mauner says, Every trace of self-consciousness has been eliminated. Vase of Flowers, White Lilacs [1882], Manet's admirable fusion of the ebullience of the subject and the simplicity of its presentation, provides the perfect conclusion to the exhibition.

Edouard Manet
Still-Life with Brioche, 1880,
oil on canvas
Carnegie Museum of Art,
William R. Scott Jr. Fund, 1984

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