The painting “In the Garden” was written in early 1870. Nowadays, the painting is kept in the Shelbourne City Museum. The painting by Edward Manet was created by the artist in the most productive period of his work. From 1870 to 1880, Edouard Manet was the leading and most authoritative impressionist artist among the representatives of the contemporary art intelligentsia. In early 1870, artist Bertha Morisot introduced Manet to Valentina Carr. The artist was touched by the young fragile beauty of Valentina, and he decided to certainly write her portrait. Canvas Manet wrote in the garden of his friend
Creating a new work “In the garden” was a significant event in the work of the painter. In order to write it Mane first resorted to drawing in the open air. This allowed him to create work that would be distinguished by “light breathing”, a certain amount of incompleteness.
The canvas draws in front of us a rather relaxed atmosphere of relaxation against the backdrop of a beautiful flowering garden. The very manner of applying smears of oil paint gives a feeling of a living time. Most of the picture is occupied by the image of Valentina Carr. The lady is depicted in a snow-white dress on a flowering green “carpet”. Next, with rough rough strokes, an image of the brother of the artist Bertha Morisot was drawn.
In the left part of the picture, a stroller with a baby is written with dynamic sketches. Valentina’s face glows with youth and beauty. The color of the young face and hands is even and fresh. The blush is hardly noticeable, so that the light tone of the body does not merge with the white texture of the dress. As with most paintings of Manet of this period, for the work “In the Garden” is characterized, first of all, by the impressionistic contrast of black and white. And, in addition, the ability to write out and emphasize the necessary and sufficient scenic details: black satin ribbons that adorn Valentina’s neck and chest, colorful spots depicting silhouettes and contours of colors, large glare, a blue-and-white striped pattern at Tiburs, overlapping with lines and folds of Valentina’s dress.
Valentina’s face is peaceful, but at the same time reflecting internal attention, as if she is listening to something with her inner vision, is thinking about something intently, or contemplating, watching around her the beautiful nature of the garden. Images as if fashioned. But the artist used not the clay or plastic as the art material, but the paint itself. But it was oil paint that became the means that allowed impressionist artists to turn classic ideas about the laws of painting and working with graphic material.
The play of shadows turned out to be specifically impressionistic, and Mane’s favorite artistic and expressive technique for painting Man. The picture resembles an etude sketch made in pastel technique. Pastel combination of colors chosen by the artist harmoniously and individually. Thanks to this color feel the colors of the air and the color of life itself. So clearly there is a vigorous stream of life, air, young energy, spring, the burgeoning of forces and colors that you want to plunge into this quiet, full of joy and serenity, unhurried flow of life after the figures on the canvas.