Teaching Ideas

Encouraging Dialogue

For Students K-12

  • What is unique about the composition of this painting? How is this flower arrangement different from other paintings of flowers that you have seen?
  • Manet was very ill when he created this work; he painted flowers that people would bring to him to cheer him up. Have you ever brought flowers to someone who was ill? Would it cheer you up to receive flowers when you are sick?
  • Is the vase in this painting opaque or transparent? Use details in the painting to support your answer.
  • The background of this painting is dark with no details—no wallpaper, window, etc. How does the dark, blank background impact the way you view this painting?