|Title:||Manet’s Child Portraits and Childhood of the Bourgeoisie in Mid-Nineteenth Century Paris
|Authors:||CHIAO-MEI LIU||Keywords:||馬內、肖像、童年、巴黎、十九世紀;Manet、 portraiture、 childhood、 Paris、 nineteenth century)||Issue Date:||Mar-2014||Source:||國立臺灣大學美術史研究集刊||Start page/Pages:||177-254||Abstract:||
Edouard Manet (1832-1883) frequently painted children of various ages and social backgrounds. The subject matter included portraits, street musicians, servants, children playing in private or public gardens, as well as loitering teenagers. Together, these works form a large collection with rich and varied content, yet they have received scant attention from art historians to date, leaving these works underappreciated and under-researched. This essay focuses on two portraits Manet made of male children, and explains the sociocultural context and modernity of each work. Manet painted child portraits throughout his creative career, providing a relatively broad structure for comparison. Further, many of his subjects drew from intercultural families, comprising a diverse selection of children from the contemporary Parisian bourgeoisie. While portraits have long been viewed as the art of expressing the subject’s integrity or disposition, child portraiture could be described as an examination of the character still in formation, with either the painter or the commissioner of the work selecting the qualities to be represented in the portrait. Child portraiture connects contemporary imagery, discourse, and social realities to form a complex cultural history. Manet’s child portraits reveal his response to the Parisian bourgeoisie’s concepts of childhood, and these works constitute a rich body of examples for comparison.
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