Edouard Manet AEP SoVA Assignment

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Edouard Manet AEP SoVA Assignment

1) The vast majority of Manet's paintings depict scenes from daily life, observed on the streets of Paris. His paintings were often based on hastily executed sketches of scenes he encountered the street.2) Manet preferred to paint from reality rather than his imagination. 3) He also intended that each piece of paint he applied to the canvas can seen by the public and he often uses firm and strong thick lines and dark colours.4) Manet was highly influenced by the growth of photography, and his close friendship with the photographer Nadar. It meant that in many of his portraits the expression of his sitter is recorded exactly as he saw it.5) Additionally, Manet utilized many different colours to represent one tone, and one actuality. Rather than working with colour scales, Manet preferred strongly contrasting tones that appear to be one-dimensional. Thus, although the flat tone of his paintings appear simple, they were difficult to produce, especially considering Manet's aversion to layering paints.6) He was able to complete the majority of his paintings in old sitting with the model. Rather than have to constantly revisit the same topic and influence the paintings composition, as if undertaken over a number of sittings the painting would no longer be considered to be real and spontaneous. 7) Manet was able to have a rapid output with regard to his painting by no longer painting in layers and not conducting a glazing of his final product.8) Manet's treatment of his subject matter was undertaken using the 'all prima' technique, meaning that an artist painted 'at once' what they saw in the moment. As a means and a method for capturing modern, contemporary French life. Rather than depend on extensive reworking in the artist's studio of a painting.9) Manet's other novel approach to painting involved painting in patches of colour. 10) Furthermore, Manet removed the need for blending between different shades of colour and modeling, which resulted in sharper contrasts between different features within the painting. 11) However, without the use of subtle lighting and shadows to model and enhance his figures three-dimensionality, Manet's paintings as a result were spatially flat and lacked complexity.

Edouard Manet

BIOGRAPHYEdouard Manet was born in France Paris, on 23 January 1832. He was born into an upper-class household with strong political connections, but he rejected the future originally envisioned for him, and he became engrossed in the world of painting. He married Suzanne Leenhoff in 1863. He died on 30 April 1883 at the age of 51.

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12) Using broad brushstrokes, he chose as his subjects everyday people engaged in everyday tasks. His canvases were populated by singers, street people, gypsies and beggars.

Some of his paintings:- The Spanish Singer (1860)- The Old Musician (1862)- Gypsy with a Cigarette (1862)- Olympia (1863)- Steamboat Leaving Boulogne (1864)-The Fifer (1866)- The Balcony (1868)- The Reading (1873)- Nana (1877)-Plum Brandy (1877)- Rochefort's Escape (1881)- A Bar at the Folies-Bergere (1882)


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