Manet's Modernism: Or, The Face of Painting in the 1860s

University of Chicago Press, 1996 - 647 pagina's
Manet's Modernism, or, The Face of Painting in the 1860s is the culminating work in a trilogy of books by Michael Fried exploring the roots and genesis of pictorial modernism. Building on his earlier studies of the central antitheatrical tradition within Enlightenment and post-Enlightenment French painting, Fried argues that previous accounts of Edouard Manet as the first modernist painter are based on a simplistic reading of the situation Manet inherited and, partly as a result, fail to grasp the specificity, complexity, and ambition - also the deeply problematic nature - of his epochal paintings of the 1860s. By placing the painter squarely within his generation (along with Henri Fantin-Latour, Alphonse Legros, and James McNeill Whistler, all of whom are treated at length) as well as in the context of the art-critical discourse of his time, Fried transforms our sense of Manet's artistic project. Instead of the usual emphasis on flatness and visuality, Fried focuses on aspects of Manet's work that have either been minimized or ignored: his repeated allusions to Old Master sources, his desire for "universality" as regards both national schools and individual genres, his efforts to annul the absorptive basis of the modern French tradition, his invention of a sort of portrait-tableau, above all his pursuit of facingness and strikingness as means of reconstructing the relationship between painting and beholder. The result is an entirely new understanding not only of the art of Manet and his generation but also of the way in which the Impressionist simplification of Manet's achievement had determined subsequent accounts of pictorial modernism down to the present. Like Fried's previousbooks, Manet's Modernism is a milestone in the historiography of modern art.

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Manets Sources Reconsidered
Francisco Goya The Third of May 1814 Madrid Museo
The Generation of 1863
Manet in His Generation
JacquesLouis David The Oath of the Horatii 1785 Paris
Between Realisms
Henri FantinLatour SelfPortrait drawing ca 1860 Paris
Paintbrush 1859 detail of signature and date Grenoble
Baltimore Museum of Art 389

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Over de auteur (1996)

Michael Fried is the Herbert Boone Professor of Humanities at the Johns Hopkins University.

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