The title of Lewis Miller’s ‘Study for ‘After Manet’’ refers to Edouard Manet’s seminal ‘Le Déjeuner sur lherbe’ (1863) or ‘The Luncheon on the Grass’. This work, now housed in Paris’s Musee dOrsay, has been described as the departure point for modern art. In it, Manet depicts a seemingly ordinary scene - a group of four reclining in the park - bar a peculiar detail. One of the women is nude.
Prior to then, nudes were reserved for mythological or religious paintings. Under Manet however, the unclothed body is cast in ordinary life. This irreverent act is akin to painting the Mona Lisa in the supermarket. Adding to this, Manet also used a large canvas, irreversibly eschewing the association between ‘noble’ subject matters and canvas size. Unlike those before him, Manet fused Impressionism and Realism, toying with composition, scale and genre to forge new ground.
In Miller’s work, this rich history finds new life. Plucked from the park and placed here, ‘After Manet’ deftly prompts the nude’s history in art, all while invoking the textures of impressionism. As she re-enacts the luncheon, she appears aware of our presence, drawing us into a multi-century-long dialogue.
Miller is a winner and seventeen-time finalist for the Archibald Prize. In 2003, he was appointed by the Australian War Memorial as an Official Australian Artist and today, his work is represented in all public collections. For collectors of important contemporary art, as well as connoisseurs of art history, impressionism and the dismantling of convention, ‘Study for ‘After Manet’ is a beguiling find.
Lewis MILLER (1959 - )
'Study for 'After Manet'' 2001
oil on linen
Image Size: 30 x 40 cm
Dimensions: 33 x 43 x 5 cm
Signed: Signed and dated LEWIS MILLER 2001, and inscribed with title on reverse
Comes with Letter of Provenance
Availability: in stock
Condition:Very Good: Describes a work of art’s image As New, but may show some small signs of surrounding wear. There are no tears to paper margin or disruption to paint surface. Image is in Fine condition.
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