Nana - Eduard Manet. 150x116 cm
Often, the great impressionist Eduard Manet shocked the audience with his work. And with the scandalous glory of his famous "Breakfast on the Grass" and "Olympia" can only his equally famous "Nana" compete with. The painting was created in 1877, and the model for it was the famous Parisian cocotte Henrietta Hauser, the lover of the Prince of Orange.
In the center of the canvas, in the middle of the room is a young woman. Her clothes (and this needs to be clarified for today's viewer) is the underwear of that time: a white muslin shirt and over a blue corset. More than intimate!
Before that, the artists depicted naked goddesses and nymphs, but to look into a boudoir to a modern woman - no one dared to Mane before. Moreover, the artist went even further, depicting on the sofa an impressive man in a suit, a high top hat with a cane in his hands. There is no doubt that before us is a lady of half the world next to her patron. It is simply unheard of audacity to speak so frankly about the vices of a high society.
The color of the canvas is “assembled” from contrasts of cold and warm tones. The sparkling white skirt harmonizes with the blue corset and contrasts with the surroundings. The woman’s clothes are “in color” with a tapestry on the back wall, and the gentleman’s dark suit is balanced by Nana’s shoes and a stand for her mirror. This extraordinary skill of Manet - to harmoniously combine colors in the picture - led to the fact that the finished work seems to shimmer in the sun, sparkles like a pearl.
Needless to say, the Salon did not allow such a frank work for the exhibition. The event was very painful for the painter - he was very upset by the refusal, which provoked the renewal of pain in his leg. This disease, ultimately, will kill the master after five years.