Manet's Amazon from the front

Manet's Amazon from the front
Manet's Amazon from the front
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AEdouard Manet, when he was already a recognized and respected painter, the French Minister of Fine Arts,Antonin Prousthim he commissioned a series of paintings to represent the four seasons. However, that series was never completed by the artist due to his death. Although we have received this painting of Amazon from the front, a member of that work. A work he did around 1882 or 1883, the same year he died

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Manet's Amazon from the front

The truth is that it was nothing new to represent women dressed in different outfits to represent the different times of the year, even the admired Japanese prints that were so popular at the time, had traditionally done so in Japanese art, using for it the image of courtesans.

Manet left that series with the image of Spring and Autumn, using two famous actresses of the time as models in both. However, for the feminine customization of Verano he chose an unknown young woman, the daughter of some booksellers that the artist frequented. She was the one who posed as an Amazon for the play.

And the fact is that the painter was inspired byBaudelaireto dress his models, because like the writer he also thought that fashion and modernity should be included in the art of his time. Therefore, the actressJeanne Demarsyhe dressed her in a dress with flowers and a bottom toofloral, without a doubt the clearest way to talk about spring. Instead, Mery Laurent the fall model covered her in a brown shearling. And for the summer she chose the somewhat androgynous blue tones of this Amazon costume with which she dressed the youngSaguez. By the way, he worked with her in three different representations, since other unfinished canvases are also known in which we see her dressed as an Amazon, but in one case posing in profile and in another full body.

Without a doubt, the vibrant light from outside is what we can most associate with that time of year. A light that makes her face shine and that is, of course, the result of Manet's contact with the group of theImpressionists. Although, he was only sympathetic to those theories and took what he thought was most interesting. But he was not a staunch enemy of drawing. Something that can be seen wonderfully in this work, because part of its charm is that it is not completely finished, so that the artist's way of working is appreciated, who surprisingly is absolutely free when painting, as if It will act without any hesitation when applying the colors and brush strokes.

We can see how she sketched, defined the form and then defined strongly with color. And we have parts of the canvas with all that process, something that here is not only fascinating to learn about her creative work and her mastery, but also serves to see a work full of contrasts and elements of interest.

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