Every dog has its day.
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.
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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