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Painting Absinthe Lover, Edouard Manet - description

Painting Absinthe Lover, Edouard Manet - description

Absinthe lover - Edouard Manet. 81x106 cm

The painting "Absinthe Lover" was presented to the court of the Salon in 1859. Manet created this sad story clearly influenced by Spanish masters: Velazquez, Goya, Ribera.

It is said that Mane got the job spontaneously - once he met a middle-aged gentleman, whose appearance betrayed his poor financial situation. The painter invited him to work as a sitter, and he punctually came every day, at the indicated time and place, to stand in one pose.

On the canvas we see a man whose affliction is obvious - drunkenness. An empty bottle was casually lying at the feet of the master, and his once beautiful suit, including a top hat and a wide cloak, was badly frayed. But, in spite of its unsightly appearance, the expression on his face betrays in him the pride that has not yet been lost, human dignity.

Having finished the work (and Manet was very pleased with it), the artist hastened to show it to his teacher Couture, who was also the main voice in the Salon. Couture sharply negatively commented on the picture, which forever put an end to communication and friendship with his student. The remaining members of the Council of the Salon also spoke about the work not in the best way, blaming the vulgarity of the plot, unworthy high art, which wounded Mane even more.

However, the artist did not give up, failure always spurred Mans. Remaining true to himself, he was looking for new forms and solutions, which is why the world has so many of his delightful works, including The Absinthe Lover.


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