Bastien- Lepage Paintings
Oil on canvas, 61 x 70 7/8 inches (154.94 x 180.02 cm)
Musee d Orsay, Paris, France
While on the subject of the similarity of Manet and Bastien-Lepage's techniques, the notion of "studio lit" or "staged scene" is hinted at when comparing Bastien-Lepage's paintings to Manet's Luncheon" . Like "Luncheon", Bastien-Lepage's atmosphere for Haymakers seems a little suspiciously placed against a backdrop piled convincingly with thick underbrush, This may natural be due to the optical effect the earth tones have to the viewer s eyes when enveloping Haymakers. The lighting no doubt contributes to a kind of paradox again, between natural and artificial light. One can never exactly pinpoint the true source, and this gives the painting overall, a supernatural atmosphere lingering about it, which in a way works for Bastien-Lepage's benefit .