The Balcony by Manet

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Mark Cartwright
by Musée d'Orsay
published on 11 March 2022
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An 1868-9 oil on canvas painting, The Balcony, by Edouard Manet (1832-83), the French modernist painter. Manet liked intimate scenes with a very tight focus which presented sometimes more theatre than realism. Here, three figures stand, or rather, pose, on a balcony with their relationship left a mystery. They all look in different directions. Manet expertly uses colour, contrasting the dark interior behind the figures with white clothing and the turquoise of the shutters and railings. The boy serving drinks behind them is likely Manet's unrecognised son, Léon-Edouard. The figure on the leftt is the impressionist painter Berthe Morisot. (Musée d'Orsay, Paris)

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