Édouard Manet - The Suicide 1880

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The Suicide 1880

The Suicide 1880
38x46cm oil/canvas
Buhrle Foundation, Zurich, Switzerland

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From Buhrle Foundation, Zurich:
Manet did not make things easy for his public; universal in spirit as he was, he constantly confronted his followers with the new, the unexpected, and thus met with rejection. Manet also took an interest in current events and shocked people with his lack of psychological distance from subjects, to which people were accustomed in painting. "The Suicide", a small sketch, may have been inspired by an article in the daily newspaper. Manet, a metropolitan man who lived in the present, saw no reason for not painting such a humdrum occurrence. On the contrary, it was a challenge to a painter; here he proceeded to a bold foreshortening of the suicide, who has sunk on to the bed after the fatal shot and still holds the pistol in his right hand. His coat has been removed, and the white shirt and black dress-tie and the patent leather shoes indicate that he spent his last night in society; has he gambled away his money? The cold morning light illuminates only the bitter outcome of this night.