Musée d'Orsay: Still lifes by Manet

Still lifes by Manet

Edouard ManetCarnations and clematis in a crystal vase© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski
Manet's still lifes, between tradition and modernity, evoke an elegant and sensual world. Unlike Courbet, who set his themes in a prosaic reality, or Cézanne, whose vision was voluntarily distant, Manet found inspiration in the most ordinary subjects, to which he gave a carnal presence. In spite of their simplicity, his compositions were subtly elaborate, whether they be a lemon, an asparagus, violets, peonies… Some of these small intimate paintings were intended for a friend or a loved woman. The final bouquets, garden flowers freshly cut and set in a crystal vase, testify to his immense thirst for life.

More than half the paintings and watercolours realised by the artist on this theme are gathered here for the first time.

The exhibition is organised by the American Federation of Arts, New York, and by the Réunion des Musées Nationaux / Musée d'Orsay, Paris


George Mauner, professor emeritus, Pennsylvania State University, Henri Loyrette, director, Musée d'Orsay and Isabelle Cahn, documentalist, Musée d'Orsay

Exhibition also presented at the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, from January 28 to April 22, 2001

11 October 2000 - 7 January 2001
Musée d'Orsay

Temporary exhibition space Access by the Quai Montherlant

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