01 Painting, The Art Of The Nude, Josh Honeyman’s Victorine Meurent and her crayons, with footnotes # 152

Josh Honeyman, Australia
Victorine Meurent and her crayons

Oil on Canvas.
39.4 W x 59.1 H x 0.2 in
Private collection

Victorine-Louise Meurent (February 18, 1844 – March 17, 1927) was a French painter and a famous model for painters. Although she is best known as the favourite model of Édouard Manet, she was also an artist in her own right who regularly exhibited at the prestigious Paris Salon. In 1876 her paintings were selected for inclusion at the Salon’s juried exhibition, when Manet’s work was not.

Meurent’s name remains forever associated with Manet’s masterpieces of 1863, The Luncheon on the Grass and Olympia, which include nude portrayals of her. More on Victorine Meurent

Josh Honeyman lives near Blackheath close to the highest point of the Blue Mountains. He takes us there, into visionary landscapes, reimagining the world through a host of signs, symbols and haunting scenarios. Arcane narratives are suggested, ones steeped in myth, portents and divinations. There’s love, death, poetry, mystery, wizardry, far beyond anything the camera can offer. The fact that Honeyman is a highly skilled painter allows him to convince us of the validity of these alternative realms. Let’s go there, not all the time, but long enough to recognise that the human spirit is more than just a receptacle for the banal pragmatism and dull conventions of Western rationalism. Robert Hollingworth, 2019

Josh studied at the College of Fine Arts, Sydney. He has exhibited in a range of solo and group shows across Australia and in Los Angeles, USA in 2006.

Please visit my other blogs: Art CollectorMythologyMarine ArtPortrait of a Lady, The OrientalistArt of the Nude and The Canals of VeniceMiddle East Artists365 Saints and 365 Days, also visit my Boards on Pinterest

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Author: zaidangallery

I search Art History for Beautiful works that may, or may not, have a secondary or unexpected story to tell. I then write short summaries that grow from my research. Art work is so much more when its secrets are exposed

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