Masked Ball at the Opera
by Edouard Manet
Copied by Maria Bennett Hock
National Gallery of art
16 x 20
Oil on Raymar Panel
The is the final version of my copy of this painting. I believe I have taken it as far as I can. I have certainly learned a lot. A lot about mixing blacks and shades of black, angles of hats, positioning of figures and, of course, the importance of a sound foundation before beginning detail work.
Manet sketched this scene on site. He finished it in his studio often asking people he knows to pose for him. It is also believe that Manet is featured in this piece. He is one of the top-hatted party attendees looking towards the viewer. A final bit of trivia is the signature…it is located on the dance card that has fallen to the floor in the lower right of the piece.
As I study the masters and their techniques and really delve into the details of individual paintings I am amazed at all I find out. I cannot wait to begin my next piece.