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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Impressionism Fact of the Day

posted by on June 26 at 11:00 AM

And now, for the final chapter of our resourceful, underappreciated, unpopular-with-the-ladies, mostly now unheard-of impressionist hero Bazille:

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.

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i love this feature-is the book very readable (aka not like an art history textbook)? i'm going to have to pick it up.

Posted by jayme | June 26, 2008 12:13 PM

1870? would that have been in the Franco-Prussian war?

Posted by vooodooo84 | June 26, 2008 1:04 PM

Yes, the Franco-Prussian War.

I am your answer for all things French art-nerd related.

Posted by Shilo Urban | June 26, 2008 2:26 PM

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