Monet would continue receive works as a gesture of gratitude or honor from peers and family members of artists throughout his life. Image courtesy Saint Louis Art Museum. Unlike other artists, Manet did not depict a goddess or an odalisque but a high-class prostitute waiting for a client. For Monet, it is untroubled bliss. InMonet met Rodin.
As we feast our eyes on pink flesh laid out amid rich silvers and reds, the model is looking in a mirror.
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The artist reportedly left behind such works when he died, with significant holdings by Katsushika Hokusai. Light and flesh fill his world, as men and women enjoy themselves on one of the river trips that were so central to the lifestyle painted and praised by the impressionists. If his vision of the nude is utterly proprietorial, it is also absolutely honest. I am not subject to the same mental tension as In some cases, the white prostitute in the painting is described using racist language. Some have suggested that she is looking in the direction of the door, as her client barges in unannounced. Fleming, A World History of Art.