Aurora Series: "The Boy With Cherries" feat. Tawny S.

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Aurora Series: "The Boy With Cherries" feat. Tawny S.

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Title: Gamin aux Cerises - The Boy With Cherries

Artist: Édouard Manet

Created: France 1859

Display Location: Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, Portugal


The story behind this cheerful piece takes a dark turn as you dive further into the details of how it came to be. Manet, the artist, used his studio assistant as the subject of a couple of his paintings such as this one. It’s believed that he had “engaged” the 15-year-old boy to clean his brushes and palette and to pose occasionally. The boy’s name was Alexandre, and unfortunately suffered from severe depression. The story goes that one day while in the studio, Manet called out to Alexandre to receive no response… after a little bit of searching, Manet found the boy; he had hung himself in the corner of the studio. Although distressed, Manet had to move forward and look for a new helper. Manet continued on as an artist creating many pieces that became known for their boldness and his nontraditional outlook until his death in 1883.

Aurora showcases the never-ending, always-changing power of art and its ability to influence generations across time. The portraits in Aurora, by local photographers Ike and Tash, feature 19 young people from all over the South Sound. These portraits highlight youth as the subjects of remixed and reimagined versions of well-known works of art. The show empowers youth to see themselves in new ways and inspires young people to connect with works of art from other times and places.

Awakening. Genesis. Creation.

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