Genre & Material
Where can I find this in Berlin?
The elegantly dressed Madame Guillemet is sitting in a pigeon blue coloured dress on a dark blue bench in a winter garden, with lush, green plants. She’s wearing a light yellow hat, with gloves that match the colour of the dress. She’s holding a light yellow umbrella in her right hand, that’s laying on her lap. She casually has her left arm resting on the backrest of the bench. Her left hand – without a glove – is visible and was positioned in the middle of the picture by the painter. A step behind the backrest stands a man, Monsieur Guillemet. He’s bowing down. His left arm is resting on the backrest with his left hand he points his finger towards his wife’s hand. His hand is also in the centre of the picture. Both of them are wearing wedding rings and as we know through history, they were a couple. It’s peculiar that they are not looking at one another. They both seem individually reserved. Even the bench which is lightly drawn, almost see through, appears to create a frontier between them. The hands in the centre of the picture with the rings on emphasize an attachment.
ART@Berlin: Edouard Manet – Dans la Serre