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Frontiers in Art Research, 2024, 6(4); doi: 10.25236/FAR.2024.060406.

Manet's Reflection: Deconstruction of the Symbol of the Figure in Portraiture


Zicheng Feng

Corresponding Author:
Zicheng Feng

School of Art Administration and Education, China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China


This paper delves into the realm of Manet’s portraiture, focusing on the deconstruction of symbolic imagery within his works. Manet’s anti-traditional approach to portraiture is scrutinized, highlighting his departure from traditional norms. By analyzing the symbolism embedded in the portrayal of nudity, garment effects, gender representations, and racial implications, this study unveils the intricate layers of meaning in Manet’s portraits. The interaction and interplay of these symbolic elements are explored, shedding light on Manet’s profound artistic vision and the broader social connotations encapsulated in his works.


Manet; Portraiture; Anti-Traditional; Symbol of the figure

Cite This Paper

Zicheng Feng. Manet's Reflection: Deconstruction of the Symbol of the Figure in Portraiture. Frontiers in Art Research (2024) Vol. 6, Issue 4: 36-40. https://doi.org/10.25236/FAR.2024.060406.


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