Édouard Manet - Portrait of Irma Brunner 1880

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Portrait of Irma Brunner 1880

Portrait of Irma Brunner 1880
53x44cm pastel/canvas
Museum d'Orsay, Paris, France

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From Museum d'Orsay, Paris:
Between 1879 and 1882, Manet produced a stunning series of pastel portraits of women. This medium offered him freshness, lively colour and a powdered material that flattered the face more than paint. The beautiful people of high society or the demi-monde were delighted with their portraits. The artist also aimed to challenge the great society portraitists then in fashion, such as Charles Chaplin.
Manet chose to have his lady friends pose in their most elegant clothes, often wearing a large dark hat or toque, and would surround their pale complexion with black. Whereas Degas used pastel in the same way as a classical portrait painter, his desire to reflect the personality of the model was not found in Manet's work. He painted his pastel portraits of the ladies who came to his studio as he would flowers, concentrating on their beauty and elegance.