ÉDOUARD MANET (1832 - 1883)
Boy with Cherries, 1858
Only very few painters had the idea to portray the child in his very own realm of fantasy - during playing and games. Occasionally, you see girls with their dolls but they just hold them carelessly and do not pay much attention to the beloved doll. Furthermore, most painters of the last five centuries insisted on including flowers and fruit in their portrait of the boy. Cherries are their favourite fruit, as it seems.
Manets boy at the
balustrade is also a cherry boy. Although his face
is not a particularly beautiful one, this nature
boy comes across as quite charming which could be
the result of the extravagant cap he wears.
The bright aspects of this painting (the face, the
cap, the hand, the shirt) appear without
transition from the background and the other
clothes - as Manet abruptly changes from light to
dark, thus bringing a daring esprit to this