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Manet by John Richardson
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Feb 19, 10

bookshelves: 19th-century, art

This is a wonderful book. This large-formatted volume contains a short introduction by Richardson, which is an abridgment of a 1958 monograph he produced on Manet; followed by 48 full-page color prints, with commentary added by Kathleen Adler. I found the prints, and Adler's brief but perceptive commentary actually to be the most valuable section.

I had always thought that I had preferred Monet to Manet -- but I was wrong. Looking closely at the work of Manet, he seems to have a far richer mind, though his paintings lack the visual beauty of Monet's. I can see now why Picasso was so admiring of Manet.
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