- Hardcover: 216 pages
- Publisher: Royal Academy of Arts, London; 01 edition (28 Jan. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1905711743
- ISBN-13: 978-1905711741
- Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 2.5 x 27.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 384,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Manet: Portraying Life Hardcover – 28 Jan 2013
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About the Author
MaryAnne Stevens is director of academic affairs at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. Colin B. Bailey is chief curator of the Frick Collection, New York. Stephane Guegan is a curator at the Musee d Orsay, Paris. Leah Lehmbeck is associate curator at the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena. Lawrence W. Nichols is curator of European Painting and Sculpture before 1900 at the Toledo Museum of Art."
Top Customer Reviews
Naturally this is more obvious in his best known masterpieces which one can compare with copies in 3 Musee D'Orsay catalogs from 1998, 2001 and 2011. To prove the point I'll upload some side-by-side comparisons to show how French publishers go to a lot of trouble and expense to ensure "their Manet" is accurately reproduced whereas sadly it appears no one on the Royal Academy team shared the same sense of responsibility.
The catalogue's designer must also be held partly to blame. Is there some unwritten rule saying large paintings have to spread across 2 pages - making it impossible to enjoy the full composition? Especially as the bigger they get the weaker the imprint. Why too include several full-page enlargements if they only repeat the same inaccurate flesh tints of the small version? Paradoxically not one close-up of Manet's pioneering brushwork is included - despite this being a key element which made his early work so controversial and "moderne". And still remains modern 150 years later.
Lastly, were some paintings computer "enhanced"? For instance the R.A. shows Victorine Meurent's bonnet in "The Railway" as uniformly sharp. But the cover of a 1998 Musee D'Orsay catalogue indicates it was very loosely painted.Read more ›
After a Foreword, Sponsor's Preface and Acknowledgements, six essays address the artist, his time and his influences: "Manet: Portraying Life. Themes and Variations", by MaryAnne Stevens, "Théophile Gautier, Militant of Modernity", Stéphane Guégan, "Manet at the Intersection of Portraits and Personalities", Carol M. Armstrong, "'L'Esprit de l'atelier': Manet's Late Portraits of Women, 1878-1883", Leah Lehmbeck, "Manet and Renoir: An Unexamined Dialogue", Colin R. Bailey and "Manet and Hals: Two Geniuses, One Vision", Lawrence W. Nichols.
The catalogue of 62 works is divided into five sections on "The Artist and His Family", "Artists", "Men of Letters and Figures of the Stage", "The Status Portrait" and "Models", each being introduced by MaryAnne Stevens. The illustrated Chronology was developed by Sarah Lea and MaryAnne Stevens and Leah Lehmbeck produced the Catalogue Entries. The book ends with a Bibliography, List of Lenders to the Exhibition and an Index. In all, the book includes 88 figures, including a number of photographs of the artist. I share the opinion of an earlier reviewer that reproducing larger paintings over facing pages does not enhance appreciation.Read more ›