Visual Art Impressionism Fact of the Day
posted by June 26 at 11:00 AMon
It was not until 12 February that Manet received some terrible news. On 20 November, during a minor attack on Beaune-la-Rolande, Bazille had been killed. He had not died ‘romantically, galloping over a Delacroix battlefield,’ as Renoir put it, but ‘stupidly, during the retreat, on a muddy road.’ In the freezing weather, Bazille’s father made the journey to Beaune-la-Rolande. For ten days he dug in the snow-covered battleground, looking for his son. Eventually he found his body. He hauled it back to Montpellier himself, on a peasant’s cart.
*From Sue Roe’s The Private Lives of the Impressionists
A self-portrait by Frederic Bazille from 1865-66. He died in 1870.
There are three paintings by Bazille in the impressionist show at SAM. One is a gray-toned still-life of a dead heron strung up above a row of dead little birds lying on their backs.