Chabrier and the Impressionists

Moreland peruses a book while visiting the Maclintick’s apartment: “The life of Chabrier is enjoyable…. Why wasn’t one a nineteenth century composer living in Paris and hobnobbing with the Impressionist painters?” [CCR 108/]

The Orchestra at the Opera Edgar Degas Circa 1870 Oil on canvas 26 x 18 in  Paris, Musée d'Orsay photo in public domain from Wikimedia. org

The Orchestra at the Opera
Edgar Degas
Circa 1870
Oil on canvas
26 x 18 in
Paris, Musée d’Orsay
photo in public domain from Wikimedia. org

The French composer Alexis-Emannuel Chabrier (1841-1894) merits mention in our blog because of his close relationship to many of the Parisian Impressionists. Degas knew him well; in this picture of the orchestra at the Paris Opera, Chabrier is shown from the back, seated in his box.

Emmanuel Chabrier Edouard Manet, 1880 oil on canvas, 22 X 14 " Ordrupgaard Museum, Denmark photo public domain from Wikimedia.com

Emmanuel Chabrier
Edouard Manet, 1880
oil on canvas, 22 X 14 “
Ordrupgaard Museum, Denmark
photo in public domain from Wikimedia.org

Edouard Manet did at least two portraits of his friend Chabrier, who was with Manet when he died in 1883. When Chabrier’s art collection was sold in 1896, it included works by Cézanne, Manet, Monet, Renoir, and Sisley.

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