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By Georges Bataille

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Translated by way of Austryn Wainhouse and James Emmons

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Manet used to be a lot amused on the efforts being made to carry
historical figures again to existence in portray. “ Do you think you
can paint a guy with basically his searching licence to move on?” he
said to Proust, including: “ There’s just one approach of going approximately it.
Take a glance and then positioned down what you see, straightaway.
If you’ve received it, sturdy. I f you haven’t, begin back. All the leisure
is nonsense.” And back in Baudelaire’s prose-poem h a Corde
(Manet is now not named yet there can be no doubt that he is the
speaker): “ As a painter I am referred to as upon to glance difficult at the
faces that pass my direction, and also you understand the satisfaction we take up
this college of ours which, in our eyes, makes existence extra alive
and extra significant than it is for different men.”
Manet, as I am susceptible to imagine of him, was once ate up through
a inventive fever that actually fed on poetry; that was once the internal
man, masked by means of an outward exhibit of urbanity. notwithstanding admit­-
ting to Zola that he “ reveled in society lifestyles and took beautiful
pleasure within the glitter and perfume of night parties,” Manet,
man of the global and magnificent tattler that he used to be, felt really at
home, now not in really good atmosphere, yet within the cafes, which
were then as crucial in the lifestyles of a Parisian who sought
intellectual corporation as have been the races in the existence of the “ clever
set.” He occasionally went to the trendy Cafe Tortoni, yet
more frequently to the Cafe Guerbois, a much less pretentious position the place
he hobnobbed with writers and artists; there the administration
set apart a desk in the night for Manet and his acquaintances. He
passed for anything of a wit and Clemenceau, whose portrait
he painted and who himself was once famous for his caustic tongue,
used to inform how a lot he loved speaking to Manet—“ Such
a witty fellow he was!” yet in the morning his studio used to be
waiting for him; then all started “ the fury with which he flung
himself on the naked canvas, pell-mell, as though he had by no means painted
before.” And in the morning Mallarme used to drop in and
watch the outpouring of this ardour for a few indefinable
thing his feverish hand strove to seize. Afterwards got here the
relaxation of pleasant gatherings in the cafes.

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But in The Suicide (1877), with the pistol still clutched in a limply hanging hand, we have the clearest demonstration of his desire to subordinate—or sublimate—the horror of death in a naively unconcerned play of light. T H E F IF E R , I 866. (6 2 % X 3 8 V2') LO U V R E, PAR IS. Modem painting attains through absence what Goya, in a world freighted with solemnity and grave respect, attained through excess. A stranger to it, Manet was absent from that gravity which Goya transformed into excess, carrying it to an unendurable pitch.

Thirty years earlier the frescos in the church of San Antonio de la Florida at Madrid had expressed much the same thing. The grandeur of both no doubt sprang from the storm raging within him—a grandeur whose elements were grouping themselves anew, having survived a past out of which Goya, stifling in its toils, drew the most incendiary visions ever recorded in paints. In that vision of a man about to die, flinging up his arms with a shriek, which we call The Shootings of May Third, we have the very image of death, such as man can hardly ever know it, since the event itself wipes out all consciousness of it.

Alone with Proust, Manet shook his head: “ ‘Daumier! I could do worse. ’ ” These incidents show us Manet resisting—as young men are wont to do—what the past attempted to foist on him. But his individual attitude was the first sign of a fundamental change soon to come over all European painting. Hitherto held in representational service, it now began moving towards the autonomy it has enjoyed since Manet’s time. From the moment the model’s extravagant pose got on his nerves, the issue was no longer in doubt.

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