Jaime (Jaques) Bosch was a Catalan composer and guitar player who settled in Paris in 1852. He gave numerous concerts and performed in the private homes of a music-loving circle for which Manet seems to have orginized his engagements. He played indeed at Manet’s home, perhaps accomponied at the piano by madame Manet. Madame Paul Meurice wrote to Beaudelaire: Madame Manet played like an angel. Monsieur Bosch scratched his guitar like a treasure.

Bosch posed for his great friend, the painter Edouard Manet, for the figure of the two Mexican generals that appear in his painting The Execution of the Emperor Maximilian of Mexico. Furthermore, the painter had illustrated the title page of one of his scores for the guitar in 1862: Plainte Moresque, dedicated  ‘ à Mr Edouard Manet ’

CAROLUS  DURAN 1837-1917  BY JOHN SINGER SARGENT

ENLARGE EDUARD  MANET   BY CAROLUS  DURAN


PASA CALLE - JACQUES BOSCH

HANS MEIJER - ROMANTIC GUITAR  1992

JACQUES BOSCH

EDUARD  MANET   - THE GUITAR PLAYER


ROMANTIC GUITAR - COPY OF THE FRENCH PAINTED GUITAR BY HANS MEIJER 1992


INFO OF THE RESTORATION OF THE FRENCH PAINTED GUITAR



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JACQUES BOSCH

Manet the painter was himself a friend of Bosch.  Manet’s correspondence has several references to him: for example, to Mme Charpentier in 1873: “Madame, you can count on Pagans next Friday - Bosch, however, is not free but would be delighted to oblige another time.”  To Zola at the same time: “Bosch is unable to go to the Charpentiers on Friday - he is dining out and has two evening receptions.  He would be happy to go another time.”  Poor Madame Charpentier!  In another letter, Manet writes: “Madame, the guitarist Bosch asks me to convey his deep regret but he is not free on the evening of the 20th.”

Spanish things were important to Manet at this time: of Manet’s 15 oil paintings in 1860-61, six are on Spanish themes; but in 1862, of 18 paintings, no less than 15 are on Spanish themes. In 1865 he travelled to Spain. 

Some people did not like Bosch.  Evidently some people did, such as Madame Manet, and the writer of the description of the musical soirée mentioned above.  In particular, Pedrell did, the Catalan musicologist.  It was Pedrell who wrote a long article on Bosch  in a Diccionario Biográfico published in Barcelona in 1897, which was taken up in most of its details by Domingo Prat in Prat’s own Diccionario.  There are five letters now preserved in the Biblioteca de Catalunya in Barcelona, from Bosch in Paris to Pedrell in Barcelona, full of details about what was going on in Paris; it seems that Pedrell had asked Bosch to keep him informed.  Pedrell said in his article  that Bosch was “un artista de gran valia que honró dignamente su patria” and he also praised various works by Bosch.

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Jacques Bosch   - Pasa Calle


Jacques Bosch  -  Plainte Moresque, dedicated  ‘ à Mr Edouard Manet ’


Jacques Bosch - Etoiles et fleurs


Jacques Bosch Op. 94 Cello


El taestament d’Amèlia - anonimo

Philippe Rameau - Menuet


Pierre-Auguste Renoir: Madame Georges Charpentier, 1876–1877, Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Pierre-Auguste Renoir: Madame Charpentier and children, 1878, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York