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The painting was painted in 1866. Poetry and rigor here are combined into one indissoluble whole. We see an ordinary boy. He is a child who has a special immediacy and deliberate importance. He is dressed in red trousers and a blue uniform.
The clothes create a sharp contrast in two colors. Manet was very interested in the details of different costumes, which is why characters in various unusual outfits appear in many of his paintings. The artist himself also liked to change clothes. How charming this child is. Manet's painting is incredibly charming. The colors are so simple that incredible harmony is created. The figure of the boy looks incredibly simple. The environment surrounding the hero of the picture is very mysterious. The background is almost plain, and the horizon line is absolutely not felt. The background simply evaporated, and the figure of the boy is surrounded by an invisible veil. The whole atmosphere is created from something that is not subject to ordinary reality, but it is in this that true painting and its incredible poetry are born. Manet painted a picture in the style of Japanese prints. Their specificity consisted precisely in the fact that the figures had a very clear silhouette, and the whole situation around was only slightly outlined and could only be guessed. The background of this work is absolutely flat, and here details of a secondary nature are not important. The 1866 salon categorically rejected this work of the artist, believing that it lacked much needed volume and air, and also completely lacked perspective. Critics called the flutist boy a jack, which seemed to be pinned to a barely guessed wall. The artist portrayed a very real flutist from the orchestra, which he specially posed for. It is believed that the face of the boy Manet wrote from his son.
Expulsion From Paradise Masaccio