A go at Manet

Having had a go at one of Degas’s pastels of a ballet dancer last week, this week we had a go at a Manet pastel portrait at our pastel class this week. I don’t think this had anything to do the Royal Academy exhibition which opened today. Pure coincidence! (You’ll have to wait about a month for my review of the show.)

edouard_manet_portrait_of_george_moore_detailDetail of Portrait of George Moore (1879) by Edouard Manet

At least this week the cardboard we used was a similar colour to Manet’s substrate so I didn’t have the same problem as with the Degas. One of the main problems I had was matching the basic skin tone. I used yellow shaded with orange, red and white as I didn’t have a ‘flesh’ coloured pink pastel.

I knew there was something basically wrong with my version and eventually I realised that I had made the left side of his face (i.e. his right cheek) too fat which made his face less turned than it should be.

One thing I found a bit frustrating was that most of the lesson was spent doing solid areas, such as the face. Only a relatively short time was spent on the ‘fun’ bit of the feathering and other free, expressive marks, which I particularly enjoy. Anyway, here’s my version. The finished piece is on A3 card so I lost quite a bit of the edges, particularly the bottom, on my A4 scanner.

collage 017aMy version of Manet’s Portrait of George Moore

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I'm a printmaker based in the North West of England, living in Bolton and printing at Hot Bed Press in Salford. Please visit my website johnpindararts.weebly.com
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3 Responses to A go at Manet

  1. seascapesaus says:

    Your work is lively and feels fresh. It is so easy to overdo pastels. All the bits are there, just a bit more time on it perhaps?

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