The original work by Frederic Bazille is dated 1870 and is kept at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. In this painting we can see the relationship of...
The original work is dated 1867 and is kept at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. Bazille was very attached to his affections and, taking advantage of a summer stay in his family residence of Méric, near Montpellier, he decided to portray ten of his closest relatives on a terrace.
The original work is dated 1867 and is kept at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. Bazille was very attached to his affections and, taking advantage of a summer stay in his family residence of Méric, near Montpellier, he decided to portray ten of his closest relatives on a terrace. Under the shadow of a large tree, on the far left, the painter paints himself; in the foreground we find Gaston and Camille, parents of Bazille, flanked by some uncles and cousins, while on the far right there are his brother and his wife. All characters are well dressed: men wear jacket and hat, while women wear long and formal dresses. Their stern looks arouse a sense of restlessness: the figures have a serious, inflexible attitude and their rigid posture suggests the position of mannequins. Bazille is very attentive to the games of light and shadow. He paints "en plein air" and the sharp contrasts reveal the great charm that the light of the south exerts on the painter: the group is portrayed in the shade of the tree, a choice that accentuates the raw colours of the landscape (the soft greens of the countryside) and the ones of the sky (of a luminous blue) in contrast with each other. Before dying prematurely during some clashes in the Franco-Prussian war of 1870, Frédéric Bazille comes into close contact with Renoir and Monet. It is clear the influence that impressionism has on his painting technique. In 1868, the work "family reunion" was admitted to the Salon, gathering many critical acclaims. Bazille is amazed at the success of his work and, confirming his modest and shy character, says: " I do not know how, they are probably wrong ".