An Inspiration For My Large Figurative Landscape Paintings

Édouard Manet, The Luncheon on the Grass, Le déjeuner sur l'herbe, oil on canvas, 81,9 x 104,5 inches, created in 1862 and 1863. Musée d'Orsay, Paris.
Édouard Manet, The Luncheon on the Grass (Le déjeuner sur l’herbe) 1863, oil on canvas, 81,9 x 104,5 inches, Musée d’Orsay, Paris.

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.”