Browsing through some websites yesterday morning it happened that a painting I didn't know about went under my eyes.
It was similar to Cezanne's still life with fruits, but the hand was clearly different. At that point, intrigued, I started a research. Google images brought me to some blogs, a blog to another site where Manet was cited as its author. At that point, I continued the search on the art books I own finally I found it!
It was in fact a painting by Manet, made in the last years of his life when his health forced him to work on small paintings with subjects that he could found in his house or out in the garden.
It is conserved at the MET in NY and this is the page about it.
Well, I had just bought some strawberries, I'm plenty of wicker baskets, I just had to decide how to interpret the subject.
I kept a similar light but I preferred to go on a neutral color palette, to bring out the red of the strawberries, and have a more defined focus so to shift the composition in a vertical format and with a more formal geometry.
The end result is an image that talks about Spring and its fruits, and how any subject, even the simplest, can be enhanced with a little inspiration stolen from the great Masters.
(Alessandro Guerani is a professional photographer specialized in food shooting. He lives in Bologna, Italy, and is available for assignments to create the images you always craved. Read the "About me" or contact him using the "Mail me" in the blog menu above.)
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