Vanity Fair Imitates Manet?
In defending the Vanity Fair cover, Todd Myers said that it was “art.”
But then he added that it was “just like Manet.”
Alright, so here it is: Edouard Manet’s Le dejeuner sur l’herbe, the painting I assume he was referencing.
So we’ve got the clothed men and the nude female . . . but I hardly think VF pulls off Manet.
And even if they had, does that rationalize the nudity? This painting was scandalous in its time, and perhaps rightly so. I don’t really see the justification for the nudity of the woman in the company of the fully-clothed (with ties even!) men.
But regardless, to bring it back full-circle to VF — and the question of art vs. pornography — the woman may be nude, but the man is not biting her ear . . .
I’d like to hear from you on this: what do you think?