1848 – 1907
Industrial Revolution II

Manet's Le déjeuner sur l'herbe


Édouard Manet, Le déjeuner sur l'herbe (Luncheon on the Grass), oil on canvas, 1863 (Musée d'Orsay, Paris)

Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker

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Inge Laino wrote on Sunday, June 05, 2011

Thanks so much for this site. I come to it often and really enjoy listening to real people talk about art in an accessible but not at all dumbed down way. Just one thing in this piece: Le Concert Champêtre is a work now thought to be by Titian, not Giorgione as Dr. Harris says here. Minor detail, but I thought I'd point it out FYI.

Amy Cook wrote on Sunday, March 03, 2013

I love this painting! It is so of its time in terms of painting real, everyday subject matter, yet also so ahead of it's time for challenging the art canonical conventions that governed painting in the 19th century. While it's obvious that Manet is questioning the conventional use of the nude and classical goddesses in painting, as Dr. Harris and Dr. Zucker mentioned, I question whether or not Manet is still perpetuating the naked figure as an object for consumption? She is an everyday woman, one who is not complacent and has chosen to remove her clothes and to gaze directly at the viewer. Yet Manet is referencing her sexuality with the use and placement of the symbols of fruit and alcohol. He has also highlighted her nakedness by contrasting the paleness/

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