(b. 1849, Paris, d. 1883, Paris)

Morning Awakening

Oil on canvas, 82 x 100 cm
Kunsthalle, Bremen

Manet's pupil, Eva Gonzalès has had little success with art lovers and critics to this day. Her modest output is uneven - though the same can be said of her more famous fellows. Her concepts and techniques were decisively influenced by Manet, whom she greatly admired. However, the spontaneity with which the present painting has been seen and caught, and the sheer poetry of its sensibility, are superbly in line with Impressionism as Manet understood it at the time.