Manet Sullied is a different than most of the digital composites that I feature. It was created for purely aesthetic reasons and has no political or social justice motives. Also the piece uses very few elements. I hand cut the flowers and vase of a home printed copy of the painting Carnations and Clematis in a Crystal Vase (1883, Musée d’Orsay) by Édouard Manet. I combined that element with a heavily modified digital photograph of my muddy and wet back porch. I altered the coloring and added Photoshop effects to unify the image.
Manet’s composition for his painting is extremely straightforward which, of course, runs counter to my beliefs about the complexities of perception and layers of existence. I added layers with a pure intent to complicate but despite that intent I personally find that the flowers, particularly the purple clematis, actually draws my attention more in Manet Sullied than in Manet’s original piece.