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A Bunch of Asparagus is an oil painting by the French artist Edouard Manet. As the title indicates, it’s a still-life picture of freshly bought asparagus. Edouard Manet became known for the controversial nature of his art, which had a Realist touch but was radically different from Courbet’s work. Even though the painter usually depicted urban and daily-life scenes, he also always nurtured great respect for still-life. He saw it as one of the genres where painting didn’t need to focus on its subject, only on its visuality. Other examples of his production in the genre are Lilac in a Glass, Oysters, and Bouquet of Violets.
In A Bunch of Asparagus, the background was painted with a mixture of black and brown with visible brushstrokes. The almost homogenized background, which occupies the top portion of the painting, is reminiscent of the Dutch School still-lifes and its dark interiors. The asparagus is centered in the composition and was rendered with precise and fast brushstrokes and a light-yellowish color. Right under it are its leaves, done with a cold green, and below them the varying whites of a marble surface.
Manet was one of the most innovative artists of his period. He studied under Thomas Couture, a celebrated Academic painter. There, the French artist was in the company of Antonin Proust, a life-long friend, as well as fellow painter Henri Fantin-Latour. During his time as a student, Manet also went to the Louvre as a copyist, where he was captivated by the masterpieces.
Thomas Couture was a history painter and praised this genre immensely. On the other hand, Manet had no interest in historical works; his energy was directed at the people of his time and their activities. This duality eventually drove them apart. To complete his education, Manet visited many great museums of foreign countries where he studied the techniques of the Old Masters.
By the time Manet painted A Bunch of Asparagus, he was suffering from health problems and couldn’t easily leave the house or studio. Because of his condition, he started again to focus on still-life and made pastel portraits of people who came to visit him. Three years after completing this canvas, Manet passed away as his paralysis worsened.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of A Bunch Of Asparagus, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of A Bunch Of Asparagus that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
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