Monday, February 7, 2011

Monday History

Eduard Manet 
A Bar at the Folies-Bergere, 1882
Eduard Manet
This is one of my favorite paintings from this time period because of the expression in the subject's face; she has an ambivalent stare that pierces the viewer.  I love the way the mirror behind her tells most of the story but does not reflect in a true to life manner - look at how the reflection of the barmaid is off-set to the right.
    About Manet as described by
(January 1832 – 30 April 1883) was a French painter. One of the first 19th-century artists to approach modern-life subjects, he was a pivotal figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism.
His early masterworks, The Luncheon on the Grass (Le déjeuner sur l'herbe) <-(Check this out!) and Olympia, engendered great controversy and served as rallying points for the young painters who would create Impressionism. Today, these are considered watershed paintings that mark the genesis of modern art.
IB 1 students - take some time to look carefully at the background and describe what you see as a response in your books. 

As always, keep your pencils sharp and your ideas fresh!

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