Édouard Manet - Boy Blowing Bubbles 1869

Young woman with a pink shoe 1868 A café, interiour 1869 Almonds, currants and peaches 1869 Boy Blowing Bubbles 1869 Embarkation after Folkestone 1869 The Balcony 1869 The Departure Of The Folkestone Boat 1869
Boy Blowing Bubbles 1869

Boy Blowing Bubbles 1869
100x81cm oil/canvas
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal

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From Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon:
The theme of this painting, Vanitas, or the fleeting nature of life symbolised by the soap bubbles, is given a unique interpretation by Manet, although aspects such as the dark background, the simple forms and the restrained nature of the composition appear to evoke a work of the same title by the eighteenth-century French painter Jean-Siméon Chardin.
Yet here, the allegorical content is not given precedence over the artistic autonomy of the visual discourse. Manet creates his own form of expression and, through the motif, asserts his sensorial perception, his subjectivity. Moreover, the theory that the work may constitute the artist’s reflection on the eternal nature of art cannot be dismissed.