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Oysters is a 39.2 x 46.8 cm (15.4 x 18.4 in) canvas oil on canvas painted by Edouard Manet. It's a beautiful still-life created with a muted palette depicting a visual arrangement of oysters, sliced lemon, and what seems to be porcelain dishware. Despite being best known for masterpieces such as Olympia and Le Dejeuner Sur L'Herbe, and scenes that focused on urban life, Manet painted plenty of still-lifes as well. Other examples of his production in the genre are A Bunch of Asparagus, Lilac in a Glass, and Bouquet of Violets.
The artwork depicts a straightforward setting. The background is dark grey with an almost flat blue hue, becoming lighter and warmer on the composition's left side. Over the table, which was painted with varying browns, we see a stellar example of Manet's style. While the silver fork and the table have a smooth aspect, the oysters and lemons were rendered with gestural brushstrokes, one of the artist's signatures.
Manet was one of the most important creators of the 19th-century. The French artist registered as a copyist in the Louvre, where he spent many days observing and copying the masterpieces of the Old Masters. Eventually, the modern subjects of Manet became a conflicting point with his teacher, the history painter Thomas Couture. The artist then decided to drop his classes and open his studio. During his time as Couture's student, he also went to Amsterdam, Florence, Rome, and a few cities in Germany, where he made many studies based on the works he saw abroad.
After six years under his master, he opened a working space with his friend Albert de Balleroy. He wanted to debut in the official Salon in 1859 with The Absinthe Drinker. The painting was the reason for his break with Couture and shows in its manner a strong influence from Gustave Courbet. It was the Spaniard Diego Velázquez, though, who Manet was trying to emulate during this period. Unfortunately for Manet, the painting was declined by the committee of selection, which Couture was a part of. Despite this, by 1860, he already had the support of Eugene Delacroix and the poet Charles Baudelaire, who strongly identified with Manet's modern manner.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Oysters, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Oysters 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.
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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,
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meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
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