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The painting “Breakfast in the Studio” is atypical enough for the creativity of the founder of Impressionism Manet. This is a mixture of genres - portrait, still life and typical everyday plot.
In the center of the picture is a young man leaning casually on a table with breakfast leftovers. This is Leon, a relative of Manet’s wife. The young man’s absent gaze is directed off into the distance. To his left is a maid with a silver jug of coffee, to his right is a man in a hat and a cigarette.
The left side of the picture is occupied with the artist’s traditional props - weapons. There you can see some hint of dynamism - a black cat.
The picture was first exhibited in 1869 in the Salon. Critics took him with a certain perplexity - they could not imagine how a sword, a cat and a woman with a coffee pot could be combined in one picture. Ultimately, the picture was received quite favorably - all incompatible objects take their place, creating a harmonious composition.
In the picture you can see borrowings from other artists - Velazquez, Chardin, Vermeer. So, the woman with the coffee pot and the wall frame were most likely taken from Vermeer, and the knife lying on the table was taken from Chardin.
The uniqueness of the picture is that the artist does not linger on one subject. For him, Leon and a woman with a coffee pot and a lemon on a table are equivalent. Bringing together a person and a still life, Manet gets new opportunities for further experiments. Creating this canvas, the artist proves that the composition of the picture is determined not so much by the plot as by a certain set of graphic means.
All three characters in the picture are kept apart. They do not communicate with each other, have absolutely nothing in common. These are the same different furnishings as the sword and the black cat next to it.
The picture is a natural continuation and addition of the famous "Breakfast on the Grass."
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