Manet: The Still Life Paintings

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Harry N. Abrams, Feb 1, 2001 - Art - 200 pages
Of all the paintings by the Impressionist master Edouard Manet, nearly one-fifth are still lifes, a genre the artist himself considered "the touchstone of painting". This sumptuous volume, published to accompany a landmark exhibition at the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore and at the Musee d'Orsay in Paris, is the first major book to focus on this crucial aspect of Manet's work.

Throughout his career, and especially later in his life, Manet devoted considerable energy to still lifes, producing oils, watercolors, and prints that unite exuberant personal expression with a flawless mastery of light and detail. With informative text, including an enlightening essay by Henri Loyrette, director of the Musee d'Orsay, Manet: The Still-Life Paintings features lush, full-page colorplates as well as full-bleed details of what some critics consider the finest examples of still-life painting ever executed.

The exhibition this book accompanies has been organized by the American Federation of Arts and the Reunion des Musees Nationaux/Musee d'Orsay, Paris.

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Using still life to suspend time and focus on light, Manet broke with academic themes and traditions of perspective to presage Impressionism and usher in a new way of painting. This catalog for an ... Read full review

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Henri Loyrette, president director of the Louvre Museum, was previously director of the Musee d'Orsay (1994). Loyrette has published articles and books on 19-century art and has presided over many exhibitions focusing on the Impressionistst. Sebastien Allard is Heritage Curator in the Painting Department at the Louvre. Allard has also published a book on Paris in 1820. Laurence des Cars is curator at the Musee d'Orsay. A specialist in late 19-century painting, des Cars has published "Discoveries: Preraphaelites: Romance and Realism,

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