Image series 01 / 2022: Artist Friendship

Zacharie Astruc and Edouard Manet

2 January 2022 | By: Bettina Pfleging

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They were friends and pioneers of Impressionism, the famous French painter Edouard Manet and the little-known art critic and artist Zacharie Astruc. In the 1860s, Manet painted Astruc several times. From 1860, Astruc publicly defended Manet’s work. They had mutual friends, they wrote to each other and they dealt with similar themes in their art.
With around 120 exhibits, the exhibition explores themes common to Manet and Astruc. Masterpieces by Manet are presented alongside watercolours and sculptures by his artist friend.

„Manet and Astruc. Friendship and Inspiration“
23 October 2021 until 27 February 2022, Kunsthalle Bremen


Henri Fantin-Latour. Studio, 1870, Paris; ConedaKOR Frankfurt, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Kunstgeschichtliches Institut


Edouard Manet. Portrait de Zacharie Astruc, 1866, 90 × 116 cm, Bremen; EasyDB, Universität Bern, Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Universitätsbibliothek Bern


Edouard Manet. The Music Lesson, Ausschnitt, 1870, Oil on canvas, 141 × 173,1 cm, Boston; Kunstakademie Düsseldorf


Edouard Manet. Der spanische Sänger, Ausschnitt, 1860, Öl auf Leinwand, 147,3 × 114,3 cm, New York; DILPS Bilddatenbank UdK, Universität der Künste Berlin


Zacharie Astruc. La toilette du toréro, Ausschnitt, 19e siècle (1880), Peinture à l’huile | Bois (matériau), 46 × 75,5 cm, Paris; Paris Musees


Zacharie Astruc. Flowers in a Vase, Ausschnitt, ca. 1884-1904, Watercolor over traces of graphite, 23,4 × 17,1 cm, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art


Edouard Manet. Stillleben mit Blumen, Ausschnitt, 1880, Öl auf Leinwand, Paris; ArteMIS, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Kunsthistorisches Institut


Zacharie Astruc. Les présents chinois (Londres) – Die chinesischen Geschenke (London), Ausschnitt, Aquarell auf Papier, 38 × 55 cm, New York; EasyDB, Universität Bern, Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Universitätsbibliothek Bern