Tuileries Garden - this is a famous park in the center of the French capital, in the 19th century was a favorite place of leisure for residents of Paris. Its reflections can be found in many literary works, also on canvases and in music.
The first thing that comes to mind is Mussorgsky’s small play “Tuileries Garden”, showing us children playing in the park - the composer vividly portrayed it as light, spring, crowded. We see him in the same way in the Manet painting - in the foreground there are running children, crowds of vacationers, a bright clear day ... Among the people depicted in the painting you can find the family of Manet himself, as well as his friends Charles Baudelaire, Theodore Gauthier and Jean Offenbach.
This canvas is the first serious work of the painter in which he depicted the life of the Parisian world. He nurtured the idea of the canvas for a long time, made sketches .. But when the canvas was completed, they refused him in the salon. As often happens, he was simply not understood, even by friends. After all, such genre scenes from life were then intended only to decorate magazines and articles. The artist’s constant friend, the writer Emil Zola, undertook to defend, who said that “sooner or later they will realize that Eduard Manet occupies a significant place at this crucial stage of French painting, he will go down in history as the most vivid and independent phenomenon of the era.”
Mane completely abandoned academism here, which implied thoroughness in drawing details, and where there wasn’t much difference in how you look at the canvas — from close or far distance, when you looked at the canvas closely, the detail simply seemed enlarged. In this picture, the artist created such an effect that upon closer examination, the faces begin to seem like some strange color spots, and if you look at the picture from afar - only then can you achieve portrait similarity.
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