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The Last Flowers of Manet (Abradale Books) Hardcover – April 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Series: Abradale Books
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (April 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810981645
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810981645
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,028,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This 1986 volume collects for the first time 17 paintings by the famous Impressionist painter that are among the last he completed before his tragic death at age 51. Also included are selections from Manet's letters and papers plus an essay by Gordon. Though slim, this beautiful hardcover is a steal.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Sally Kirk on April 15, 2000
Format: Hardcover
During the last months of 1882 Edouard Manet was gravely ill. This was to be the last year of his life. He no longer had the strengh for large ambitious work. With frequent rest periods, he had just completed "A Bar at the Folies-Bergere."
Due to his ebbing energy he began to paint on a smaller scale, simple bouquets of flowers in a variety of glass vases. Often these were the flowers friends brought to the convalescing artist.
"The Last Flowers of Manet" is a little gem of a book presenting 16 of these elegant, magical paintings. There are ethereal white lilac blossoms and slashes of pink peony petals shimmering before rich, black backgrounds. There are roses and tulips in warm, golden shades.
Just as Matisse in his last days could not make a false stroke when creating his cutout compositions, so Manet brings total mastery to these exquisite, soulful still lifes.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 13, 2001
Format: Hardcover
As an art student studying the techniques of the masters, this little book has been invaluable to me. This is for anyone who seriously wants to experience Manet's genius. His little florals leap off the page! The printing is good, too. Faithfully shows detail and tone well. While nothing replaces seeing these works in person, this book is one every artist should have.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Ortbal on September 26, 2009
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This book contains what I consider some of the most powerful "last works" of any impressionist painter. Splendid in the perfection of their simplicity, these last flowers speak to the mystery of beauty in the most ordinary and ephemeral of things...a vase of flowers sent in sympathy to a very ill man. They stand as a testament to the transforming power of the aesthetic experience---akin to a religious experience. I can only hope someday they are collected in an exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago so I can see them in person.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Moench on April 9, 2002
Format: Hardcover
A wonderful yet small collection of reproductions of Manet's last works. A very great artist, at the end of his days, paints exquisite small works of flowers. What else could you want?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MindDoc on March 9, 2013
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I was introduced to this book by a painter/art professor who told me this is the finest collection of flower paintings ever created. This impossibly high praise is met, as the dying master clearly distilled a lifetime of painting into this elegant, powerful yet austere and simple series of still life's that virtually jump off the page. You can smell the fresh cut flowers as you leaf through this extraordinary culmination of a brilliant life in art.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B J Schwartz on October 7, 2013
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This is a gorgeous book that I had borrowed from a friend and I just had to own it myself. It arrived in perfect condition and I am thrilled!
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