2003-05-22 / Arts & Entertainment

Classic Works Of Art On Exhibit At Museum

By Al Durham
Classic Works Of Art On Exhibit At Museum By Al Durham

By Al Durham

Pictured is Edouard Manet’s 1862 painting “Mademoiselle V…in the Costume of an Espada,” now on exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.Pictured is Edouard Manet’s 1862 painting “Mademoiselle V…in the Costume of an Espada,” now on exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan currently has an exhibition of paintings by Spanish painters Edouard Manet and Diego Valasquez. The exhibit also includes works of other 17th, 18th and 19th century French and Spanish painters, including Leon Bonnat and Bartolome Murillo.

As you enter the exhibit Manet’s "The Tragic Actor" and Velasquez’s "The Jester Pablo Valldolid" hang alongside. The two oil-on-canvas paintings are purposely placed side by side for comparison. The similarities are distinctly obvious, in the use of colors, dress and stance of the subjects.

This proximity allows viewers to see where Manet acquired his inspiration and style.

"I discovered in his work the fulfillment of my own ideals in painting," Manet is quoted as saying in text next to the painting. "The Tragic Actor" (1865-1866), is a direct result of a trip Manet made to Spain where he saw Valasquez’s, "The Jester Pablo Valldolid," painted over two hundred years earlier.

There are many fine works, but two that especially stood out. The first is Manet’s "The Dead Toreador" (1862-1864), that gets your attention because it’s subject, a bullfighter, is lies dead in a bull-ring. The other is of the biblical character "Job," by Leon Bonnat is impressive because it looks almost life-like and seems to jump out at you with the way the subject’s skin is painted.

This exhibit is a must see for those who are addicted to classic works of art. However, the paintings will only be on display until June 29.

For more information call the museum at (212) 535 7710. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is located at 82nd Street and Fifth Avenue.

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