|Edouard Manet, Olympia, 1863. (source)|
|Edouard Manet, Le Fifre, 1866. (source)|
I also love the little flute player- he is so sweetly serious in his expression. The way that Manet rendered his works, as though they are seen in stark lighting, which gives them a flat quality, seems to me to be quite rich. His figures are also so alive, and at the same time slightly wooden, a contrast that I find really intriguing.