Originally posted by wine+art:
Originally posted by Arsenal4ever:
I would never presume to challenge your expertise, but if Manet is twice the artist that the Father of Impressionism was, then he deserves a lot more of my attention, along with the Orsay's.
but Impressionism was birthed by the two stunningly brilliant works of Olympia & Le Dejeuner sur l'herbe.
Manet's body of work was so much more than Beauty
which is too much of the allure of the genre of impressionism, IMO.
Great art/artist should challenge , provoke and readapt time, space, and even perceptions of the common and uncommon.
I'm certainly no authority on fine art-- or much of anything else-- but last fall I attended a Manet exhibit at the Pompidou in Paris, and as well went to L'Orangerie to see Monet's Water Lilies
I think Manet revolutionized the art world through content; I was thoroughly engaged by his wit and remarkable innovation. I think Monet revolutionized the art world through style; I was in awe of the presence, and almost majesty, of the Water Lilies
I wouldn't presume to rate one of these great artists over the other, but if I had the means to put one their paintings in my home, it would be from Manet, as I expect w+a would do. My wife, who I believe is more sensitive to art than I, would do the opposite.