Realist Quandaries: Posing Professional and Proprietary Models in the 1860s

Waller, Susan
June 2007
Art Bulletin;Jun2007, Vol. 89 Issue 2, p239
Academic Journal
The article discusses realism in the European art world of the 1850s and 1860s. The realist aesthetic challenged academic art traditions of the artist-model transaction and is also evident in the shift of subject matter of paintings from historical narratives to depictions of incidents of everyday life. The author argues that painter Édouard Manet was searching for alternatives to the artificiality of the professional models and began using lay models and models of privileged social status.


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