Luncheon on the Grass (Edouard Manet, 1862)

By Jaclyn Benstead

Luncheon on the Grass (Edouard Manet, 1862)

Heard about Manet’s famous painting – Luncheon on the Grass? Well, it is proudly displayed in the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, but you don’t have to go there to be able to enjoy this gorgeous painting or at least part of it. As you can see, the print on this pair is clearly inspired by the iconic work of Manet.

Did you know that the lady in the painting was Manet’s favourite model, Victorine? When he painted her, her portrayal was larger, brighter and cruder than anyone before him would have dared. Victorine’s lack of clothing and her bold, unfaltering gaze as she stares directly at you are elements new to the art world. A sharp contrast is provided by her companion who is fully covered from head to toe. They sit in a park underneath an arch created by trees, while a fruit basket lies temptingly in front of them.

The theme, which once caused shockwaves with its subject matter in French society, and even among members of the art scene, is in huge demand these days – it not only represents the work of a legend but it can also be an excellent conversation starter. It features detailed weaves in a mix of beautiful colours.

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