Frédéric Bazille's The Artist's Family on a Terrace near Montpellier (1867) shows his admiration for Edouard Manet. Manet's pioneering formulations for modern-life painting is evident in this painting of Bazille's family on a terrace outside their home in Montpellier. Clear color, simple massing of forms, and attention to the natural action of light recalls the spontaneous freshness of Manet's Music in the Tuileries Garden.
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Debra N. Mancoff is an art historian and lecturer and the author of numerous books on nineteenth-century European and American paintings. She is a scholar in residence at the Newberry Library.