Édouard Manet - The Reader 1861

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The Reader 1861

The Reader 1861
99x81cm oil/canvas
Saint Louis Art Museum

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From Saint Louis Art Museum:
Edouard Manet represents his elderly friend, the painter Joseph Gall, absorbed in reading a large book. The ledge in the foreground serves as a barrier, establishing distance between the sitter and the viewer. The artist’s palette is muted and restrained. Although Manet never participated in any of the Impressionist exhibitions, he was closely associated with the group; his lively, inventive brushwork is evident in the sitter’s left hand, rendered with a few rapid and abstract brushmarks.