Portrait of Irma Brunner, by Édouard Manet.⁠ 🎨One of the

Portrait of Irma Brunner, by Édouard Manet.⁠ 🎨One of the

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Portrait of Irma Brunner, by Édouard Manet.⁠ 🎨One of the most captivating pieces of the series of pastel portraits of women produced between 1879 and 1882 by the French master. This medium offered him freshness, lively colour and a powedered material that flattered the face more than paint. The beautiful people of high society were delighted with such a finish, particularly with elegant poses like this one. Here Irma Brunner embodies all the elegance of the 1880s, which she radiates in abundance. Manet chooses a decorative style that also recalls the Italian portraits of the 15thcentury. Everything is contrasted and outlined: the profile of her face and velvety black hair, her pink blouse standing out against the grey background. The touch of red on her lips spices up and adds a certain piquancy to this elegant harmony. Find this design in our online shop!⁠ 👨‍🎨Édouard Manet (French, 1832-1883) is regarded by many as the father of modern painting, and one of my personal favourites. His themes are not people or landscapes anymore, but life itself as it happens before the artist’s eyes, free of the artistic constructs of past eras such as genre. Born to a wealthy Parisian family, he was a gifted child, but he was set to pursue a military career, a destiny much more suited to his social class than drawing and painting. Thank God the Naval College rejected him! Inspired by Velazquez and other old masters during his days wandering the Louvre, he soon learned a thing or two about modern painting. Recognized in the history of art for his ground-breaking themes (ofter portraying sitter such as prostitutes and drinkers) and free style with patches of colour, he is much more deliberate than the Iimpressionists, from whom he selectively engaged. He was of a very contradictory temperament and thin-skinned to criticism, observing the world from a distance with a dandy attitude.⁠ 📐Height: 53 cm (20.8 in). Width: 44 cm (17.3 in). Pastel on cardboard, circa 1880.⁠ 🏛Musée d’Orsay, Paris.⁠ @museeorsay What do you think about this? ⁠ Share and follow @monteroneart for a daily 🎨!⁠ Shop your art in the Link in Bio.

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