Repose, ca. 1871
Oil on canvas
150.2 x 114 cm (59 1/8 x 44 7/8 inches)
Bequest of Mrs. Edith Stuyvesant Vanderbilt Gerry 59.027
(October 21, 2016 – June 11, 2017)
Although he did not exhibit with the Impressionists, Manet was a key participant in the development of a new pictorial language. Repose demonstrates elements of his radical style, including dominant contrasts of light and dark tones; broad, tactile paint-handling; and a sense of shallow, compressed space.
This representation of the artist Berthe Morisot shocked some viewers. They criticized her casual pose, her informal dress, and her availability as a model. Her gaze suggests reverie, in contrast to the raucous subject of a pearl diver pursued by a dragon in the Japanese woodblock print above her head. Manet described this painting as a study in physical and psychological repose—“not at all in the character of a portrait.”
European Paintings and Sculpture, ca. 1770 - 1937
Edited BySlimmon, Ann H, and Judith A. Singsen, eds.
Contributions byRosenfeld, Daniel, et al
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1991
TypeMonographs and CollectionsSelected Works
Edited ByWoolsey, Ann, ed.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 2008
TypeMonographs and CollectionsA Handbook of the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design
Edited ByWoodward, Carla M., and Franklin W. Robinson, eds.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1988
TypeMonographs and Collections
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