An artist friend says that the sources for Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe (above)are far more likely to have been Giorgione's Concert Champêtre and The Tempest than Raphael's Judgement of Paris.  The Musée D'Orsay says, "Manet was paying tribute to Europe's artistic heritage, borrowing his subject from the Concert Champêtre – a painting by Titian attributed … Continue reading MORE ABOUT MANET’S SOURCES


I was familiar with reproductions of Manet's Déjeuner sur l'herbe (above) long before I saw it in the Musée d'Orsay but however blasé I was the impact of its size (more than two metres by three) and the juxtaposition of the naked woman with the clothed men was great.In the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, which has … Continue reading MANET’S CERAMIC CONNECTION