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Subjects : Food, Still life
Keywords : lemon, still life, tray, yellow
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Le citron

Lemon is a still life by Édouard Manet, painted in oil on canvas around 1880. It is 14 cm high and 22 cm wide. It shows a single lemon on a dark plate. The lemon is part of Manet's late oeuvre, in which he produced a series of still lifes in the Impressionist style, repeatedly choosing isolated objects as motifs. The painting has no direct model, but is in the tradition of Dutch and Spanish Baroque painting. Lemon is in the collection of the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. The small-format painting shows a lemon very closely on a plate. Manet has depicted the fruit from the side, more or less in its natural size. The tips of the lying lemon are pointing towards the side edges. They are not quite horizontal and at the same height - an imaginary line connecting the tips rises slightly from left to right. The colour of the lemon varies in different shades of yellow. Art historian Françoise Cachin sees it as a "harmony of grey and yellow", while her colleague Hans Körner notes that "the sumptuousness it displays is on the surface, in the shades of lemon yellow". The lemon is placed on a metallic dark grey plate. The bulging edge of the plate has a silvery sheen"; the yellow of the lemon is reflected on the smooth surface of the plate. Manet's fellow painter Alfred Stevens called it a "Japanese plate", and art historian Carol Armstrong described it as a pewter plate. It is cut by the side edges of the painting, and at the bottom the plate almost reaches the edge of the painting. The [...]


This artwork is a painting from the modern period. It belongs to the impressionism style.


« Le citron » is kept at Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France.


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