Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Chicago Museum of Art: Paintings: Manet's "Woman Reading"

Painted about 1879-1880, Manet painted a young Parisienne sitting in a cafe, with a glass of beer at her side. 

Her face consists of just a few quick brush strokes on the white-primed canvas.   It is, as the informational card next to the painting explains, almost like "make-up".

It is likely she is reading the La vie moderne, which was a new magazine devoted to literature, art and society.   Manet contributed illustrations to this publication. 

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