Thursday, November 27, 2008

Le déjeuner sur l'herbe (Modern) variations

Le déjeuner sur l'herbe (1863) by E. Manet is one of the most fascinating work of modern painting. It was a real shock (at that time...) to see the nude women casually having picnic with the two dandies.  

As Picasso said about : "When I see Le déjeuner sur l'herbe, I'm saying to myself pain for the future". The realism of the subject is striking. For the first time in history, you can't find any justification for the nude, any pretext from mythology. The men are simply ignoring the woman, engaged in their conversation. The light of the paint is like a photographic light in studio, you do not see any shadow and the atmosphere is unnatural. Strange also are the dress of the men, with indoor looks, rather than dressed for a summer lunch.

I shot these 2 versions in Paris Photo in 2007 and 2008.


Robert Cormican said...

Hi Gregoire
I have not seen the pink-suit version of Le Déjeuner before. I think it is just as shocking as the Manet version was. Would you be able to give me permission to use the image in a book I am writing?
Many thanks

Grégoire Kaufman said...

Hi Rob,
I took this photo in a photo fair Paris Photo in 2008 I guess and if I would be glad to let you use it for your book. If you need better resolution pic, just let me know.

I would be also very interested in getting news of your book when released.



Robert Cormican said...

Thanks Grégoire. Sorry it has taken so long to respond. I had hoped to be published by now but I am having too much fun with my research. I will certainly let you know when it is out. Thanks for the permission, I will attribute you as copyright holder in the book as (c) copyright Grégoire Kaufman 2008. If you get a chance to send a higher res image, i am at
merci bien