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10-31-07 - Edouard Manet One of the places where modern art...

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Edouard Manet One of the places where modern art begins 5,000 paintings submitted by 3,000 artists, 70% of them rejected o Caused quite a stir among the artists Created another salon for the “losers” who did not get into the original salong o Manet exhibits luncheon on the grass Luncheon on the grass o Controversial because of subject matter, and way it was painted o A studio work, not painted outdoors o Explicitly quotes earlier works o Quotes from an engraving of Raphael’s judgment of Paris not a reference, quotes directly o women are muses? o Offers no explanation for why he is giving these quotes o Clearly an ambiguous painting Ambiguity a quality of modern life o Odd rendering of space o Acknowledges that this is paint on canvas, not window to another world o The illusionist tradition is no longer viable Olympia o Modern in its assault on tradition o Aggressiveness toward the beholder o Maidservant figure o Cat instead of dog o
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