Manet Painter of Modern Life, Francoise Cachin, New Horizons, Thames & Hudson 1995
Having seen a major Manet retrospective at The Royal Academy in 2013, this book reads as an extra layer
Courbet, Linda Nochlin, New Horizons, Thames & Hudson 2007
This book covers every aspect of Courbet's oeuvre - from his vast realist depictions of provincial French life, including allegorical works to his dark brooding portraits, and sensual nudes. Noclin has considered Courbet's lasting impact on painting but also on the practice of art history too. Nochlin belives that Courbet's work despite it's surface immediacy and apparent ease of visable availability has an alluring underlying mysteriosness of withheld secrets rather than expected clear legibility of a realist artist. This reflection is something that I would hope that I can acheive with my practice using ambiguous clues is a mastery that Courbet successfully displayed in his works.It is believed, that like Manet, Courbet also painted what he saw
Painters likened to Courbet such as Balthus, John Currin and Kathleen Gilje.
Art Criticism and to a lesser degree history should be "partial, passionate, political, that is to say written from an exclusive point of view, but a point of view that opens up the widest horizons." Charles Baudelaire 'Salon of 1846,' The Mirror of Art, ed. Jonathan Mayne (London, 1955).