Edouard Manet

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Edouard Manet (1832-1883) was a highly influential French painter of the 19th century; His works are considered a bridge between Realism and Impressionism. Manet was the forerunner of the impressionists, and he is considered by many to be the father of modern art.

Early Life

Bar at the Folies-Bergere, 1882.

Manet was born on January 23, 1832, to parents Auguste Manet and Eugenie-Desiree Manet. In 1848, at the age of sixteen, he embarked on the ship Le Hauvre et Guackloupe as a cabin boy. He was at sea for six months. Upon his return to Paris, he was able to persuade his family to allow him to devote himself to painting. He used to copy the old masters in the Louvre. He absorbed the influences of Velázquez and Francisco Goya.


Portrait of Georges Clemenceau.

Manet was, arguably, the most scandalous painter of his time. His nudes (particularly "The Picnic" and "Olympia") were the cause of great public uproar. His sketchy, spontaneous, and sometimes brutally honest technique inspired the most pivotal art movement since the renaissance - impressionism. He completed painting his last masterpiece, A Bar at the Folies-Bergère (Le Bar aux Folies-Bergère), in 1882.

Manet, like his good friend Edgar Degas, was a self-confessed urbanite, and many his works depicted life in the city. He died in Paris in 1883. He was only 51.


La Negresse, 1862-63.
  • 1859 The Absinthe Drinker
  • 1860 Spanish Singer
  • 1863 Dejeuner sur l'herbe
  • 1863 Olympia
  • 1865 Bullfight
  • 1868 The Luncheon
  • 1882 The Bar at the Folies-Bergère

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Some clearly Impressionist works

See also

The Balcony

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