4 Painters on Manet

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Martin Gayford talks to four painters – Tom Phillips, Christopher Le Brun, Michael Craig-Martin, and Sean Scully – about the paintings of Manet on the occasion of the recent exhibition Manet: Portraying Life at the Royal Academy, London.

Gayford writes that each artist "who talks about Manet here admires him as a supreme master of the brush, using it both slowly and at astonishing speed. Suitably, Sean Scully RA pays tribute to Manet the colourist, meaning not that he used a rainbow palette but that he did unprecedented and marvellous things with the shades – sometimes using just black and cream. Michael Craig-Martin RA talks about Manet the modernist, anticipating the century to come in the way he structured a picture, his enigmatic approach to narrative, and – what everybody comes back to – the marvellous things he did to paint with his brush."

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