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Manet's Modernism or the Face of Painting in the 1860s by Michael Fried
  

Manet's Modernism or the Face of Painting in the 1860s

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Manet's Modernism or the Face of Painting in the 1860s by Michael Fried

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 anti-theatrical tradition within Enlightenment and post-Enlightenment French painting, Fried argues that existing 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 of his great canvases of the 1860s. By placing Manet squarely within his generation (along with Henri Fantin-Latour, Alphonse Legros, and James McNeill Whistler), as well as in the context of the critical debates of his time, Fried aims to transform our sense of Manet's artistic project. Instead of emphasizing Manet's orientation to flatness and visuality, Fried focuses on aspects such as: his repeated allusions to Old Masters sources, his efforts to annul the absorptive basis of the modern French tradition, and above all his pursuit of facingness and strikingness as a means of reconstructing the relationship between painting and beholder. The book should help the 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 has determined subsequent interpretations of his modernism.

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Publication date

15th November 1998

Author

Michael Fried

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Publisher

University of Chicago Press an imprint of The University of Chicago Press

Format

Paperback
676 pages

Categories

Individual artists, art monographs
Painting & paintings
History of art & design styles: c 1800 to c 1900

ISBN

9780226262178

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