“There is no progress in art, any more than there is progress in making love. There are simply different ways of doing it.” Man Ray
Monday, August 25, 2014
Young Woman with Peonies
Frédéric Bazille, 1870
This painting can be seen as Bazille's homage to Manet. The flower vendor appears to be a reference
to the black woman with the extravagant bouquet in Manet's infamous Olympia.
The flowers themselves, especially the prominent peonies, also offer a
kind of tribute. Manet cultivated peonies and often painted their lush