How still life was interpreted by Manet and Cezanne,

In Manet’s Still life with fish there is a reminder of Velasquez in the immediacy and vibrancy of the objects. However it is more ‘modern’ because the painting draws attention to its surface and the way it is painted,  this being as important as the objects. Strong contrasts of black and white create a vibrancy and the way the paint is applied a sense of movement.Edouard_Manet_068

Cezanne’s still life is even more modern and although like the Dutch still lives it is concerned with animate and inanimate objects the importance of form, shape and size that is just as important as what is represented is apparent. Distortions seem right in order to create an effective composition



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