When I was a youth, I made this still life of things around the house. (The pink sloping surface on the right represents a typewriter covered with cloth.) I was trying to do something Manet-like. The particular painting I had in mind is Manet’s Still life with Melons and Peaches at the National Gallery.
As you can see, I didn’t quite finish my painting. Lost my nerve, I suppose. Or ran out of ideas. Probably a little of both. Still, I find that I like the painting as is. It has all sorts of visible pentimenti — even in that respect it’s Manet-like.
[Top of the post: Author’s early attempt at still life in a style of Manet, by Aletha Kuschan, 28 x 28 inches, oil on canvas]