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Edouard Manet
French, 1832–1883
Moss Roses in a Vase
Oil on canvas
Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1924

  "The thing Manet is least interested in is flowers. What he is interested in is how the flowers are jammed into the vase. They're stuffed in and the life is squeezed out of them. What happens underneath the flowers—what we see through the water, the effects of water and the shapes created—is what this painting is about."

S. Lane Faison, Jr.
Director Emeritus
Williams College Museum of Art
Williamstown, Massachusetts

"I love the amazing double transparency of the glass vase and the water. The slate blue background and the pale pinks in the roses play off each other and the shine on the vase. There's a subtle distortion from the curve of the glass on the contents. No complicated reason I love it—the subject, colors, and paint handling all just appeal to me."

Sharon Clark
Education Coordinator
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
Williamstown, Massachusetts


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