Happiest Moments in Life

Topics: Claude Monet, Nudity, Édouard Manet Pages: 3 (1063 words) Published: February 23, 2013
Nancy Gubbala
Professor hardy
ESL 531
14 February 2013

Le déjeuner sur L’herbe Le déjeuner sur l’herbe, also called The Luncheon on the grass, an oil on canvas painting, 208cm x 265.5 cm (81.9 in x 104.5 in), created by the French painter called Èdouard Manet in 1863. Rejected by the jury of the 1863 salon, Manet exhibited it under the title Le Bain (The Bath) at the Salon des Refusés (initiated the same year by the napoleon III). The painting now is located in the (Musée d’Orsay). This painting was famous and controversial during that period. To know more clearly, as we move on I am going to describe an analysis it, firstly about its influence, why Manet painted it, how he was inspired and how did he inspired other artists. Primarily, the scene of the painting is that there are dense leaves, some dark tree trunks and a chemise-wearing women bathing in a river in the background; in the large foreground, two young men who were dressed like young dandies and seated across from a second women who is nude. The nude woman is Manet’s favorite model, Victorine Meurent, casually lunching with two fully dressed men, Manet’s brother Gustave Manet and his future brother-in-law, Ferdinand Leenhoff, in a rural setting, which depicts the juxtaposition. The nude woman’s body is starkly lit and she stares directly at the viewer. She seems to be exited by the water and dries her naked skin in the open air. The men seem to be engaged in conversation, ignoring the nude woman. In front of them, the woman’s light blue clothes, a basket of fruits, and a round loft of bread and displayed, which are in a still life. For the lightly clad woman, Manet’s wife, Suzanne Leenhoff, bathing in a river in the light delicate background, she seems to pick something from the river. Moreover, she is unusually large in comparison with the figures in the foreground, which seems she is floating above them. Secondly, there are...
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