Sight Unseen 2 : Painting in Art

An Introduction to the unseen side of art

Another painting derived from Morisot and displaying her facture has been called Manet’s homage to her art. What Manet did, though, is secretly add another layer of meaning. His woman stands in a pose characteristic of a painter in front of a canvas (mirror) just as he had literally depicted Eva Gonzales painting a few years earlier. With a cloth in one hand, Manet’s later ‘artist’ stands ready to wipe the ‘canvas’ as Ingres does in his self-portrait. By imitating Morisot’s calligraphic brushstrokes in the mirror, Manet pretends that the woman is painting a self- portrait. She is a surrogate for Morisot who, in turn, is a surrogate for Manet. The wit is wicked because if Morisot was flattered by her stylistic ‘influence’ on Manet, she would have been mistaken.

Sight Unseen 2 : Painting in Art

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