This painting has been a wonderful inspiration for my large figurative landscape work. This piece is titled, The Luncheon On the Grass. It is a large oil on canvas painting by Édouard Manet. He is one of my favorite artists. I saw the painting for the first time in Paris, at a major Édouard Manet retrospective held at the Grand Palais, in 1983.
The French writer Émile Zola wrote: The Luncheon on the Grass is the greatest work of Édouard Manet; one in which he realizes the dream of all painters to place figures of natural grandeur in a [natural] landscape.”