The Spanish Singer

The Spanish Singer
Artist Édouard Manet
Year 1860
Medium Oil on canvas
Location Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Dimensions 58.0 in × 45.0 in
147.3 cm × 114.3 cm
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Le déjeuner sur l’herbe
A Bar at the Folies-Bergère
The Balcony
The Fifer
The Railway
The Spanish Singer
The Old Musician
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The Spanish Singer is a painting by French artist Edouard Manet, it depicts a man seated on a bench playing a guitar. Painted in 1860, and as a result, Manet gained fame as a leader in the avant-garde movement. Since 1949, the painting has been owned by New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Artistic Details

To paint The Spanish Singer, Manet invited a model to his studio. The artist chose to use a style that was modern and fresh compared to other artists of the time. However, Manet was influenced by Spanish artists such as Diego Velázquez. For the most part, critics gave the painting its due praise. Manet was invited to the 1861 Salon de Paris, which was the first time he exhibited his works.

The Spanish Singer is recognized for its use of color, which is vivid and realistic. It also exhibits strong, vigorous brush-strokes. An impression of movement and life is provided by a brightly lit area behind the guitarist’s hands.

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