Zola, Manet, and the Modern Temperament

David Gariff, art historian and senior lecturer, National Gallery of Art


The intersection of art and literature: the notion that a picture is worth a thousand words is meant to convey the power of imagery. Explore the alchemy that occurs at the intersection of art and literature with David Gariff, senior lecturer at the National Gallery of Art.

Painter Édouard Manet (1832-1883) was a sensitive and serious student of the literature of his day. Among his friends were the poets Charles Baudelaire, Stéphane Mallarmé, and most importantly, the naturalist and novelist Émile Zola. Manet memorialized Zola in his 1868 portrait of the writer – and his fortunes and reputation became linked with Zola’s through the years. They were kindred spirits, confronting the realities of their times and producing art relevant to the modern age as it began. Their revolutionary creative sensibility inspired 20th century artists and writers to come. Recommended reading: Realism and Tradition in Art 1848-1900 by Linda Nochlin

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