Art Analysis: Titan's Olympia, An Oil On Olympia '

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Olympia, is an oil on canvas, approximately 130.5 cm × 190 cm (51.4 in × 74.8 in) painted by Edouard Manet, first exhibited at the 1865 Paris Salon, current location Musée d 'Orsay in Paris, France. Edouard Manet was the first ever French artist in the nineteenth century to paint modern life, and provocative figures from realism to impressionism. Manet was born on January 23, 1832 in Paris, France and died on April 30, 1883, Paris, France. Manet had created four-hundred and thirty oil paintings, eighty-nine pastels and four-hundred works on paper. A.) Background: Edouard Manet Olympia was created during the year 1863 and was first shown at the Paris, France salon. At the time Manet art piece was considered too provocative for audience view. …show more content…
Knowing that Manet has chosen to use Titans model for his painting, he leaves out a lot of the techniques titian makes his painting feel warm and inviting to the viewer. Titan paints Venus as a seductive enchantress of the nude. Making her appear warm and inviting and not overly bearing staring at the viewer, but hinting at the viewer to come in closer. Where Manet has painted his Olympia overbearing to the viewer, staring directly at the viewer and not making them feel invited to look. What I noticed about Manets Olympia, is that he has painted the dirt on her knuckles and feet even into the painting. C.) Meaning/Content: Manet wanted to paint a woman in is era that was real and not idealized. Since this was the first realistic rendering of a woman without idealized features. This was a very split personality painting. Manet had defied the idea of an idealized beauty and had created his own beauty. He created real working class woman of the streets. He defined the idea of idealized beauty which is; perfect skin, tiny feet, big eyes, big hips symbolizing fertility, and lush lips. Knowing the public at the time was a custom to this kind if nude beauty and was shocked by …show more content…
I feel like the painting is messy with color and lacks light where it needs it. It’s very hard to see the black cat on the bed as it blends in to the background. Cons, lacks light, messy brush strokes, and dim in certain areas. Pros, not idealized beauty, and first none idealized beauty to be painted. I feel like Manet strike out a lot in this painting needing improvement in some areas. Like how he rendered the black cat, the cat is so black you can hardly see it and he has painted it to the point it looks cartoony. E.) Questions: I like to know what possessed Manet to paint a, none idealized female nude?, What made me curious was the model Manet had chosen really a prostitute?, I would like to know if Manet considered himself a feminist artist, as he painted a lot working class woman and female portraits. In conclusion, Manet to me seem like feminist artist, a lot of his art worked, consisted of women in the working class or woman enjoying a Sunday afternoon in the park. He enjoyed painting realism of the everyday life of woman and men. Towards the end of his life Manet had received a special award for his painting “A Bar at the Folies-Bergère”. The award was

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