» Nonsite Author: Stephen Melville
July 1st, 2012
Velázquez, Los Borrachos (1628-29)
Intention, Interpretation, and the Balance of Theory
By (Ohio State University)

As I try to make this out I may find myself hesitating among several possibilities: that Manet simply took advantage of the earlier painting’s meaninglessness; that he was in some way actively interested in the palpable discontinuity within the painting between artist’s intention and unrealized meaning; that his own painting stands as a reading of Velázquez’s, where reading means something distinct from but not without relation to interpretation.

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