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Manet - Still Life Clarity Contour urbanity and virtuous ability to handle paint-such are the qualities that first strike us in Manets art Before we attempt to analyze the meaning of whats within Edouard Manets work entitled still life Grapes and figs one must first identify and note the somewhat colorful events which occurred within the artist life and note the way in which they must have led his work Born in France in 1832 Manet was raised by his parents Auguste and Eugenie-Desiree a society couple whos social standing resulted from Augustes successful career in the Ministry of Justice Paris Indeed so successful was Auguste in his chosen field that upon his retirement he was awarded the Legion of Honor It is thought by many that the importance of Augustes role in both society and the ministry actually intimidated the young Manet who constantly aspired throughout his adult life to gain the same level of reverence as that which his father possessed However it is the actions of the artists youth which many therapists believe is the key to understanding the ambiguous portrayal of woman within his paintings throw out his career It was during the late 1850s when Manet was serving as a naval cadet in Rio de Janeiro that he met a number of slave girls Manet had openly admitted in letters to his friends the extend to which he found their tropical beauty alluring Yet is was not until Manet returned to France that he reveled the true extent of his relationships with these girls and confessed to the fact that he had been using his time to relate to the girls in an adult way The answer lies in the artists life long ill-health it was in fact Manet himself who first diagnosed although now medically proven to be wrong that the physical pain from which he suffered on a daily basis was the result
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