Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Mystery of Manet

Quick sketch of Manet
Black marker on Moleskine paper
5 x 7 inches
Barbara Muir © 2015
Based on a photo by Nadar
I drew this little drawing of Édouard Manet
today trying to discover what made him
the heart throb of his era in Paris.  According
to the novel I'm reading, I Always Loved You
by Robin Oliviera, women were in love with
his looks.  He may have been more imposing
wearing the high silk top hat of the time.

But for me he looks a bit too wooly, although
the jaunty polka dot cravat must have been the
height of fashion.

I love Manet's work, and may try to draw
or paint him in more than a hasty sketch.
Drawing someone makes them real to an
artist, and I have never thought about
what Manet looked like before, only about
his work, which was definitely the focus
of my art history classes. 

Have a wondering-about-your-heroes day.


Unknown said...

I have reserved that book you're talking about from my library. Sounds intriguing, and I always love reading books about painters. I have also ordered 2 audio books art related as well. February is going to be a literary month around here! ha.
love your Manet sketch, but i agree he looks a little hairy for my tastes too:)

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Sally,

The iPad is a miracle -- because with a library card thousands of ebooks and audiobooks are free! I still buy books too -- but these are wonderful and when they're due they return themselves!


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