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Monday, January 23, 2012

Blow Out the Candles January 23

  Painter Edouard Manet was born in Paris, France on this date in 1832.
"If I'm lucky, when I paint, first my patrons leave the room, then my dealers, and if I'm really lucky I leave too."

The Grand Canal, Venice 1974

"It appears that it is necessary that I make a nude. Well, I will do it. In the transparency of the open air, with people as those which we see over there. I am going to be criticized savagely. It doesn't matter."

The painting above was used in this great SNL sketch from season 3 featuring Dan Aykroyd and Laraine Newman.  


  1. Manet--one of the first painters to have the nude gazing at the gazer and to include a beer label in a painting, which would actually become a huge deal to modernists. Nice selection of pics.

  2. Aaah! Dangit, Dan! Rene Magritte is from Belgium!
    I always forget how much I like Manet...


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