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During the summer of 1876 Manet visited the small village of Montgeron in the province of Seine-et-Oise to the east of Paris upon the invitation of a patron of the Impressionists, the businessman Ernest Hoschedé. (Hoschedé's wife Alice later became Monet's second wife). During his two week visit Manet painted this and several other works to decorate the Hoschedé country home. However, Manet returned to Paris with works unfinished and they remained in his studio until his death in 1883. This work shows Jacques, the oldest son among Hoschedé's six children, in the flower garden of the Hoschedé home. The painting also shows a decorative vase that appears occasionally in other works by Manet. During this period Manet abandoned his 1860s painting style with its heavy use of black and its flat application of color, and began to use a brighter palette and livelier brushwork under the influence of the Impressionists, particularly Monet. He painted scenes from "modern life" under bright outdoor light and the formal and subject characteristics of this work confirm the style of his 1870s work. The decorative composition also suggests the influence of Japanese art, particularly that of the Rimpa school. (Source: Masterpieces of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, 2009, cat. no.68)

Details

  • Title: Boy in Flowers (Jacques Hoschedé)
  • Date Created: 1876
  • Location Created: France
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings: Signed lower right: Manet
  • Provenance: Eduard Manet (posthumous inventory, 1833, no. 80); Auc., Manet Hôtel Drouout, Paris, Feb. 4-5, 1884, no. 66; Dr. Robin Coll., Paris (acquired at the above sale); Leclanché Coll., Paris; Durand-Ruel, Paris, ca. 1902; The Lefevre Gallery, London.
  • Physical Dimensions: w970 x h600 mm
  • Painter: Édouard Manet
  • Object title (Japanese): 花の中の子供 (ジャック・オシュデ)
  • Object notes (Japanese): 1876年の夏、マネは印象派の画家たちの庇護者であった実業家エルネスト・オシュデ(彼の妻アリスはのちにモネの後添いとなる)の招きによりパリの東、セーヌ=エ=オワーズ県にある小村モンジュロンを訪れた。この2週間程の滞在中に数点の絵と共に描かれた本作品はオシュデの別荘内の戸口上部を飾るためのものであったが、未完のままパリに運ばれて、1883年のマネの死に至るまでそのアトリエに置かれていたことが知られている。画中、オシュデ家の庭園の草花の中に埋もれて描かれているのは、オシュデの6人の子供のうちの一人長男ジャックである。その傍らには、マネの作品に時おり登場する装飾鉢が置かれている。この頃のマネは黒の多用と平塗りの手法を基調にした1860年代の作風を捨て、印象派、ことにモネの影響の下に、明るい色彩と生動感の溢れる筆触の効果を用いて、戸外の光の下での「現代生活」という主題を追求していたが、この作品には、技法、主題の上で、そのようなマネの1870年代の作品がもつ諸特徴を認めることができよう。また、極めて装飾的なコンポジションには、日本美術、とりわけ琳派の影響も指摘されている。(出典: 国立西洋美術館名作選. 東京, 国立西洋美術館, 2006. cat. no. 68)
  • Artist Name (Japanese): マネ、エドゥアール
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: http://www.nmwa.go.jp/en/information/privacy.html
  • External Link: The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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