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Édouard Manet was born in Paris, France, in the summer of 1832. Child of Auguste Manet, an important judge, and Eugénie-Desirée Fournier, descendent of the Swedish prince Charles Bernadotte, he was encouraged to pursue a career in the court, but the young artist never showed interest.
Supported by his uncle, Edmond Fournier, Édouard started to frequent the Louvre, practicing and studying by copying the old master’s works. He opened his own studio in 1856, producing multiple works of art and creating paintings both in a Realistic style and his own. Manet would later be recognized as one of the founders of Impressionism, although he received many controversial and acid critics.
In 1863, Manet married his piano teacher, the Dutch-born Suzanne Leenhoff. He and Suzanne had a previous relationship before their marriage, and it is said that she also had one with Édouard’s father, Auguste. From those affairs, she had a child, born in 1852, named Leon Koella Leenhoff. The boy acted as a model for many of Manet’s paintings, including The Luncheon in the Studio.
This oil painting was made in Manet’s rented house and portrays the young adult Leon Leenhoff with two adults sitting at the table. Leon was sixteen years old when the canvas was made and shows him walking with confidence in the room. At the table, we can see a man that resembles Édouard himself, in allusion to his possible paternity, and standing by them is the boy’s mother, Suzanne. In a later analysis, it was settled that the man is not Manet. The person, holding a cigar and enjoying breakfast is still unknown, but holds a resemblance to the artist.
Using pale colors, Édouard used yellow pigments to connect both the boy and the table. With a yellow tie, hat, and pants, Leon is depicted with a determined pose walking in the viewer’s direction. On the table, a Sicilian peeled lemon is shown in a prominent position. To the side, a french helmet and sword, possibly making a reference to Leenhoff becoming an adult and being ready to serve the army.
With a clear reference, Manet painted the Luncheon based on the Achille De Gas in the Uniform of a Cadet canvas, from Degas. In the painting, Edgar Degas portrayed his brother using a military uniform, with a facial expression and pose very similar to Leon. In the Spanish painting, Edgar’s brother is displayed, and some say that what Édouard wanted to affirm with his artwork was that the young Leenhoff was his brother and not son.
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