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Eduard Manet - a painter from the capital of France, who created in the 19th century and in those years became the recognized founder of a new trend in art - impressionism. During the period of mature creativity in 1870, the artist paints a portrait of his wife - “Susanne”. In general, several canvases have been devoted to her throughout her life. But this portrait stands out for its special mastery of brush, close-up and innovative style.
Suzanne Leenhoff was familiar to the painter from an early youth. They recognized each other during the girl’s visits to the Mans house to teach music lessons in 1849. The young pianist was two years older than the artist. The fruit of the emerging relationship after 3 years was the son - Leon. Lovers had to hide their connection to the public. The couple married only in 1863.
Edward showed an early craving for drawing. As often happens, at first the parents did not support their son. But after unsuccessful attempts to enroll as a seafarer and successful art sketches brought from a trip, Mane's father surrendered. In order not to ruin the talent of academism, the novice master went to study the intricacies of painting in the studio of Couture. But it was not possible to avoid the pressure of academic traditions with a private teacher.
Edward looked into the future, longed for creative experiments and freedom from the rules of classicism. Frequent disagreements with the teacher provoked the cessation of lessons. Manet went into free swimming, for which he later "paid" for world fame.
The portrait of Suzanne is surprisingly thin. All attention and all light is given to the face of the heroine. The background is devoid of objectivity, is a dark grayish background. The outline of the upper body of the model is written in the style of pencil sketches, they are also gray and nondescript. Only a whitening collar neatly frames the face of his wife. Her gaze is calm, thoughtful, and in the eyes themselves - the seal of the mysterious living soul of a woman.