MANET by Robert Rey


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Next in the Q.L.P. Art Series (Quality Low Price) is Edouard Manet, the oft-disputed pillar of the impressionistic congregation. Abused and ridiculed during his lifetime, his ""infamous"" Olympia and ""shocking"" Dejeuner sur l'Herbe have since been redeemed as revolutionary reversals in color, subject, and mood. For his own originative work and as an excerpt of an epoch rife with artistic experiment, Manet deserves careful- and rewarding attention. Here the textual attention is too haphazard and disorganized-- life-fragments interpersed with descriptive, uncritical comments on the paintings are hardly sufficient, even for an educated preface. The reproductions (48 color plates, 23 sketches), suprisingly adequate at the price, are not integrated with the text, and the selection remains equally inexplicable. Although the quality may how to the low cost, Manet is there, in full color, with impressionistic verve. Hardly a collector's item, the book still deserves its place as an economical visual introduction.

Pub Date: Sept. 23rd, 1962
Publisher: Crown