The Fifer (Right)
The Fifer, 1866, Édouard Manet, France, 160cmx98cm, Paris Orsay Museum
The picture depicts a juvenile piper in the Guards Band. Painter concentrated on personality characterization. In the pursuit of a stable bright color side. Then suddenly turn into the dark, the characters placed in a light gray, almost flat painted bright background, with the general color of the block to display the body. There is no shadow, apparent horizon and outline in this picture, which denied the profound sense of three-dimensional space. Daumier once described Manet's paintings as playing cards. Now it seems that this painting is not more shocking. However, in the era of Manet, this is very rebellious and unconventional. This painting has no content and deep meaning, except the main body, without any representatives and explanations. At that time, the judges of the official salon exhibition were even unwilling to include them. Who can think of more than 100 years later, the painting is worth hundreds of millions dollars.
Manet was the first painter who bring the impressionism of light and color into portraiture and created an impressionistic style. He was educated early in college, and later master works of ancient masters. His paintings have both solid modeling of traditional painting and bright, vivid and full of light colors. Manet is an important painter who connected the past and future. His works (especially portraits) naturally reflect the personality and psychology of the characters. "The Fifer" almost no shadow of the plane figure painting method, from this picture you can see Manet's talent.
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