The Luncheon on the Grass
Posted by on Nov 2, 2011 in Édouard Manet, Featured | 0 comments

Edouard Manet painted Luncheon on the Grass – Le Bain (The Bath) – in 1862-63. Its composition, which features a nude female in the company of fully dressed males, was highly controversial when it was first displayed at the Salon des Refuges in Paris. The female figures are a combination of Manet’s wife, Susanne Leenhoff, and his favorite model Victorine meurent, while the males are his brother Eugene Monet and future brother-in-law Ferdinand Leenhoff. Both men are dressed as dandies as they casually converse, seemingly ignoring the naked woman.

Luncheon on the Grass is considered Manet’s greatest work. The original painting is today in the collection of the Musee d’Orsay in Paris.

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