Luncheon on the Grass; A Respite for Foxes and Hunters

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Generating both laughter and scandal in its day, Edouard Manet’s Le déjeuner sur l’herbe (1863) was unusual not only for its non-allegorical use of a nude, but also for its stark, unrefined contrasts.

The gradations of light, shadow and perspective typical of the era are abandoned in favor of images rendered in stark blocks; the lighting of the scene is unnatural and flattened. Many scholars point to this painting as one of the pivotal works that lead to the Modernist movement.

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In this rendition, the woman and a woodland creature stare directly at the viewer in confusion or ambivalence to the two men, who pontificate on the finer points of horn technique.

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