Monet & Bazille: A Collaboration by David A. Brenneman

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35 artist in the studio, such as Stevens's working, touching brush to canvas. his friends would have preferred such as the Diana that Renoir was preparing for the Salon would have had a more contrived and synthetic mentary images. dead birds all Bazille's, Sisley's, it to The be work- —certainly flavor than these simple docu- and Renoir's pictures of the arrangement of convey instead a strong sense of the deliberation of studio work. Taken together, the three paintings constitute choices that painters make about what a visual conversation about the objects to include in a picture, how to arrange them, and where to situate themselves in relation to them.

Both also and Monet would continue that their personal styles of painting PITMAN some would grow increasingly aware of their own mediators and beholders of images, and 28 to sell it would to pri- roles as was in response to that awareness coalesce. 6. Gilbert de Severac Portrait of Monet, ca. Oil on canvas, 1 5% Musee Marmottan, 1860-61 x 12V2 inches (40 x 32 Paris cm) 7- Frederic Bazille Studio in the rue de Furstenberg, 1865 on canvas, 311/2 x 25% inches (80 Musee Fabre, Montpellier, France Oil x 65 cm) Paris, rue de Furstenberg Far from the seashore, in the shadow of the grand exhibition halls and private salons of Paris but belonging to a different social world, a small fire in a simple heating stove warms a modestly furnished room (cat.

11) and Bazille's which are structured around dense screens of foliage brought forward by thick strokes of saturated and opaque paint and which contain no and few com- living creatures at all positional highlights for the eye to rest on. Bazille's landscape features a stage-like foreground of rocks and meadow against a solid backdrop of forest. Monet's painting offers a more complex interplay of surface patterning and marked by the trees: Fig. 19. Edouard Manet Oil on the Grass, canvas, 81% 1862 left, smaller, smooth-barked gray tree its at the a thin white one illuminated by a gleam of light.

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