Manet’s Monet Painting on His Studio Boat (1874)
In this charming painting by Manet of Monet painting in his floating studio, with his wife next to him, you ought to expect some play on the similarity of their names.Take a close look first to see if you can find it for yourself, and then move on....
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That row of Ms decorating the awning is a clear reference to Manet in Monet. It is true that the awning may have looked like that anyway but that does not matter. Manet chose to place the string of letter-forms in the center of his composition and line them in black. It was his choice and his way of saying "This is me."
Yet, so little is known of how commonly an artist's initials are used in art, that no art historian has ever noticed them.
More Works by Manet
Léon Leenhof, Manet's young son, is posed in this print as though he is selecting paint from his tray (palette) and is about to apply it to the sheet of paper we are looking at.
One of the many ways artists "paint themselves" is by painting others as earlier great masters.
An early example of how Manet turns a modern woman, and his future wife, into an artist
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